Speaker Kevin McCarthy doubled down on his plan to remove Rep Eric Swalwell from his committee telling a reporter he will not change course. “You’re going to tell me other Democrats couldn’t fill that slot? He cannot get a security clearance in the private sector. So would you like to give him a government clearance?”
Swalwell went on MSNBC to make his case for keeping his coveted slot: “The only person who supports this is my wife, who’s like, ‘Great, you’re gonna be home to change more diapers. I love it.’ But the truth is, Chris, it’s purely vengeance.
“This happened nearly 10 years ago. The FBI told me that someone who had been helping our campaign in a district with 35% Asian Americans may be working with the Chinese government. I did what I hope every one of my colleagues would do, which was to help the FBI get this person out of the country.”
McCarthy isn’t buying it and told a reporter:
Wow @SpeakerMcCarthy shreds Eric Swalwell in this.
Great energy from McCarthy lately!
— Alex Bruesewitz 🇺🇸 (@alexbruesewitz) January 12, 2023
SPEAKER MCCARTHY: You will find the fundamental difference of me being a Speaker and Nancy Pelosi: the other side will get to name their members on the committee. It won’t be handpicked by me and denying the Democrats their voice.
So whatever transpires out of that committee is worked through Republicans and Democrats as we move forward. The fundamental difference.
REPORTER: [inaudible] be true of the Intelligence Committee is it?
SPEAKER MCCARTHY: Why?
REPORTER: You said, you said you’re going to let Democrats appoint their own members to the committee, but you’ve also indicated you’re not going to let …
SPEAKER MCCARTHY: I was very clear early on. Let me phrase something very direct to you.
If you got the briefing I got from the FBI, you wouldn’t have Swalwell on any committee. And you’re going to tell me other Democrats couldn’t fill that slot?
He cannot get a security clearance in the private sector. So would you like to give him a government clearance?
You asked me questions about Santos. You ask the questions about Swalwell?
Not only was he getting a clearance, he was inside an intel committee.
He had more information than the majority of all the members. Did you ever raise that issue? No. But you should have.
You’re going to tell me there’s 200 other Democrats that couldn’t fill that slot. But they kept him on it?
The only way that they even knew it came forward is when they went to nominate him to the Intel committee. And then the FBI came and told the leadership.
Then he’s got a problem. And they kept him on.
That jeopardized all of us.
Release the FBI report on Swalwell. https://t.co/WQITKAaWy0
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) January 12, 2023