NBC News reports:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Monday that the GOP had voted unanimously to remove Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from all committees amid the rising uproar over his recent comments about white nationalism.
“We will not be seating Steve King on any committees in the 116th Congress. It was a unanimous decision…” McCarthy told reporters. “In light of the comments — these are not the first time we have heard these comments. That is not the party of Lincoln, and it is definitely not America. All people are created equal in America, and we want to take a very strong stance about that.”
Asked whether he would support a campaign challenge to King, McCarthy said that decision was up to the voters — but “I think we spoke very loud and clear that we will not tolerate this type of language in the Republican Party.”
King, who will lose his seat on the Judiciary, Agriculture, and Small Business committees, issued a response to the decision on Twitter.
Accusing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of an “unprecedented assault” on his freedom of speech, King claimed that one of his quotes in The New York Times article was “completely mischaracterized.”
Alluding to an unwillingness to resign, King concluded, writing, “I will continue to point out the truth and work with all the vigor that I have to represent 4th District Iowans for at least the next two years.”
My Statement on Kevin McCarthy’s Unprecedented Assault on my Freedom of Speech. pic.twitter.com/0R0vP6MoWT
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 15, 2019