With the Republicans now holding a majority within the House of Representatives, there is the rather distinct feeling in Washington DC that a new sheriff is in town.
The GOP has been waiting a long time for a chance to lead, and to assist the Democrats in the act of reaping what they’ve sown for the last several years. Revenge would be too petty a word for what is occurring here, as the general ennui of the role reversal appears to be more educational than anything.
The latest lesson that’s being doled out to the Democrats takes aim at California House Rep. Adam Schiff, who has not only been removed from his committee positions on account of his propensity for leaking sensitive information, but who may now face the possibility of losing his security clearance altogether.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.,introduced the “Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses,” or PENCIL Resolution, on Thursday that would bar Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., from accessing any classified information.
“The resolution expresses the sense of the U.S. House of Representatives that Congressman Adam Schiff should not have access to classified information, should be investigated by the House Ethics Committee, and should have his comments made during any proceeding of Congress regarding Russian Collusion and the Trump campaign be officially struck from the record,” Gaetz’s office said in a statement.
The acronym was particularly insulting, as it refers to Schiff’s “pencil neck” nickname, bestowed upon him by former President Donald Trump.
Gaetz was not mincing his words.
“Every member of Congress can access classified information by virtue of their election. Only the most egregious actions would warrant removal, and Adam Schiff has undoubtedly crossed the Rubicon,” Gaetz told Fox News Digital. “Democrats have willfully ignored the national security consequences of members like Schiff misrepresenting and leaking classified information to the press.”
Schiff has long positioned himself as an anti-Trump, anti-MAGA Democrat, making this conflict a more salient piece of his political personality than any work he does for his constituents.