Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy recently made the understandable, probably prudent, decision to not let Eric Swalwell onto the House Intelligence Committee. Given Swalwell’s romantic relationship with Chinse spy Fang Fang and his involvement in the Russia hoax, the decision makes sense.
Speaker McCarthy announced the decision on Twitter, attaching a letter and saying “I have rejected the appointments of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee. I am committed to returning the @HouseIntel Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that regains the trust of the American people.”
I have rejected the appointments of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee.
I am committed to returning the @HouseIntel Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that regains the trust of the American people. pic.twitter.com/ePxlbanxta
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 25, 2023
Explaining the decision in the letter, Speaker McCarthy said “I cannot simply recognize years of service as the sole criteria for membership on this essential committee. Integrity matters more.” And, given the Russia hoax involvement of both men and Swalwell’s CCP-connected former lover, it seems that integrity wasn’t there.
Predictably, Swalwell freaked out. In fact, he even went so far as to say that Speaker McCarthy, in turning down his request to be on the House Intelligence Committee, was trying to have him killed. Watch that here:
WATCH – Unhinged Eric Swalwell claims Kevin McCarthy is trying to get him killed… pic.twitter.com/UpxqEacNIz
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) January 25, 2023
As you can hear in the clip, Swalwell said “The cost are the death threats that Ms. Omar and myself and Mr. Schiff keep getting because Mr. McCarthy continues to aim and project these smears against us. Even though we have said publicly, these smears are bringing death threats, he continues to do it, which makes us believe that there’s an intent behind it.“
Then, moments after accusing McCarthy of threatening him, he went on to threaten McCarthy, saying “But we will not be quiet, we are not going away. I think he’ll regret giving all three of us more time.”
He also tweeted about it, posting a clip and captioning it “NEW @SpeakerMcCarthy -inspired death threat. You know, Kevin, every time you lie about me — even after the @washingtonpost gives you 4 Pinocchios for your lies — death threats like this flood in.”
NEW @SpeakerMcCarthy-inspired death threat.
You know, Kevin, every time you lie about me — even after the @washingtonpost gives you 4 Pinocchios for your lies — death threats like this flood in. pic.twitter.com/BXWlNqyjyF
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 21, 2023
Speaking to reporters about his decision to keep Swalwell off the committee, Speaker McCarthy said :
“Let me be very clear and respectful to you. You ask me a question, when I answer it, it’s the answer to your question. You don’t get to determine whether I answer your question or not, okay? With all respect, thank you. No, no. Let’s answer her question.”
“You just raised the question. I will be very clear with you. The Intel Committee is different, well, you know why? Because what happens in the Intel Committee, you don’t know. What happens in the Intel committee, other secrets are going on the world, other members of Congress don’t know.”
Continuing, he went on to say:
“I had the briefing and Nancy Pelosi had the briefing from the FBI. The FBI never came before this Congress to tell the leadership of this Congress that Eric Swalwell had a problem with the Chinese spy until he served on Intel.
“So it wasn’t just us who were concerned about it, the FBI was concerned about putting a member of Congress on the Intel committee that has the rights to see things that others don’t, because of his knowledge and relationship with a Chinese spy.
“But you know what, those voters elected Schiff, even though he lied, those voters elected Swalwell, even though he lied to the American public, too. So, you know what? I respect his voters, too, and they’ll serve on committees, but they will not serve on a place that has national security relevance because integrity matters to me. That’s the answer to your question.”
Featured image credit: screenshot from embedded video
By: Will Tanner. Follow me on Twitter @Will_Tanner_1
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