June 16, 2024

Speaker Johnson facing bipartisan pushback over House Intel picks

Boy, House Speaker Mike Johnson can't seem to do anything right these days.

The Republican from Louisiana has upset lawmakers on BOTH sides of the aisle with his recent appointments to the House Intelligence Committee. is reporting that House Intelligence "Committee members fear the presence of Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) threatens to disrupt a hard-fought bipartisan consensus forged in the aftermath of the Trump era."

Apparently, these two are thought of as SO conservative that there have even been concerns raised about the safety of "the highly sensitive information to which committee members are often exposed."

The two Republicans selected by Johnson were guaranteed to be controversial picks from the start.

They have both been involved in some situations that make some Americans skeptical:

Scott Perry's phone was seized by the FBI as a part of its probe into the Jan. 6 unrest.

Ronny Jackson has "faced allegations of drinking on duty and harassing staff when he was the White House physician."

Jackson and Perry were chosen to replace Republican Reps. Chris Stewart of Utah and Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, both of whom resigned before the expiration of their terms.

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, sent Johnson a letter earlier this week urging him to reverse the appointments."

Fans of Donald Trump are probably pleased to be seeing these Republicans take the positions, but were they the correct picks?

Speaker Johnson's office has already come out and said that he's NOT going to reverse the decision, and that these are in fact the correct men for the job.

"Speaker Johnson has the utmost confidence in Congressmen Perry and Jackson to capably serve the American people on the Intelligence Committee," said a spokesman for Speaker Johnson.

Scott Perry also seemed to think that he was a sound choice for the job.

"My 44 years of national security experience and service to our Nation speaks for itself," Perry said in a statement.

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