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“Madam Speaker — I have grave concerns about the current composition of the Intelligence Committee.

“The Intel Committee handles our nation’s highest secrets. It has access to information that most members do not see. And unlike standing committees, members of the majority are appointed by the Speaker only.

“That is why members who are appointed to this important committee must possess the highest level of credibility and character. And it is why no member should be compromised in any way. 

“Unfortunately, information that I have seen and that others have seen suggest not all members meet this high standard.

“So, earlier this week, I introduced a resolution to restore confidence in the Intel Committee’s ability to safeguard our nation’s secrets. 

“I do not take this action lightly or for political reasons.

“Frankly, I am surprised it has come to this. The Speaker and I received the same classified briefing from the FBI. The details were deeply disturbing. Yet so far, the allegations, which have not been denied, have gone unaddressed.

“As the House considers this question, I hope all members will reflect on the purpose and responsibilities of this select panel.

“Ask yourself: should a member who can’t get a security clearance in the private sector sit on the House Intelligence Committee?

“The American people deserve to know that their government is not vulnerable. 

“By adopting my resolution, we will show that we have our priorities straight.

“I urge my colleagues to support it — and I yield back.”