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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, pledged to restore Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s committee assignments, should Republicans retake the House and he become speaker.

Greene was stripped of her committee assignments by Democrats in February for spreading conspiracy theories.

Read: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene removed from House committees; 11 Republicans cross aisle in vote

The firebrand Georgia Republican has since expressed interest in joining the House Oversight Committee, which serves as the chamber’s main investigative committee.

“She’s going to have committees to serve on, just like every other member…Members request different committees and as we go through the steering committee, we’ll look at it,” McCarthy told CNN. “She can put through the committees she wants, just like any other member in our conference that gets elected.”

The oversight committee would likely play a key role in a Republican-led House, as McCarthy told CNN his party views oversight as a key priority, including potential probes of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic and how the Biden administration has handled parents and school board meetings.

In the sweeping CNN interview conducted two days ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections, McCarthy did not rule out eventual impeachment proceedings, but pledged to never use it for “political purposes.”

“That doesn’t mean if something rises to the occasion, it would not be used at any other time,” he added.

The number one priority for McCarthy, if he becomes the next speaker, is not impeachment, it’s instituting border policies such as the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy recently ended by the Biden administration.

“You’ve got to get control over the border,” McCarthy said. “You’ve had almost 2 million people just this year alone coming across.”

Analysts are widely predicting that Republicans will take back the House majority — FiveThirtyEight’s predictive model currently puts the odds at 83 in 100.

See: Midterm elections: If this seat flips red, Republicans will have ‘probably won a relatively comfortable House majority’

McCarthy is confident that Republicans will win the majority and that his bid for speaker will have support from his caucus and from former President Donald Trump. (McCarthy withdrew from the Speaker race in 2015 due to lack of support from hard-right lawmakers.)

“I’ll believe we’ll have the votes for speaker, yes,” McCarthy told CNN. “I think Trump will be very supportive.”

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