Kevin McCarthy answers reporter who questioned his removal of Swalwell and Schiff from Intel

I’m proud of McCarthy for pushing back on this. He’s doing better than I expected. What do you think?

When a reporter questioned his decision, this was McCarthy’s reply:

You just raised a question, I’m going to be very clear with you. The Intel Committee is different. You know why? Because what happens in the Intel Committee, you don’t know. what happens in the Intel Committee, the secrets that are going on in the world, other members of Congress don’t know. What did Adam Schiff do as the Chairman of the Intel Committee? What Adam Schiff did, use his power as the Chairman and lie to the American public. Even the Inspector General said it. When Devin Nunes put out a memo, he said it was false. When we had a laptop, he used it before an election to be politics and say it was false and said it was the Russians.

When he knew different! When he knew the intel. If you talk to John Ratcliffe, DNI. He came out ahead of time and says there’s no intel to prove that and he used his position as Chairman knowing he has information the rest of America does not and lied to the American public. When a whistle-blower came forward, he said he did not know the individual even though his staff met with him and set it up. So no, he does not have a right to sit on that. But I will not be like Democrats and play politics with these. Where they removed Republicans from committees and all committees. So yes, he can serve on a committee but he will not serve on Intel. Because it goes to the national security of America, and I will always put them first. Alright?

And if you want to talk about Swalwell, let’s talk about Swalwell. Because you have not had the briefing that I had. 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 a 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. They brought it to the works of the leaders.

I’ve got that briefing, so I do not believe he should sit on there, that committee, and I believe there’s 200 other Democrats that can serve on that committee. So this has nothing to do with Santos. Santos is not on the Intel Committee. 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’ll respect his voters too and they’ll serve on committees, but they will not serve on a place that has national security, because integrity matters to me. That’s the answer to your question!


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3 Responses to Kevin McCarthy answers reporter who questioned his removal of Swalwell and Schiff from Intel

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    He said pretty much what I wanted to hear and it was all true. I would have been even happier if he had been stronger and more ruthless.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Perhaps McCarthy realizes now that his primary responsibility is to the American people, not just his constituents. He needs the conservatives in the House to continue to support him and will be inclined to veer rightward from here on out to stay in his prestigious new position.

    His district constituents tend not to be total conservatives but more middle-of-the-road Republicans. As with Oregon and Washington, for some reason the eastern side of California is not full of wild-eyed Dems like the western side. The 20th-CA district includes lots of military and agriculture entities. It’s hard to figure out the percentage of Dem voters and Repub voters…and don’t want to spend any more time looking stuff up. But there are A LOT of Dems in the district. In order to stay in office, McCarthy has to do a juggling act.

    McCarthy’s congressional website’s “about” section:

    Here’s a map of where his district is….


  3. texan59 says:

    He’s gotta start somewhere, and so far, so good. Not going to marry him, just want him to look out for us deplorables a little bit. He won’t be perfect, and I don’t expect him to be. I wouldn’t let him date my daughter or have access to my liquor cabinet, so we’ll let him run around the Swamp for awhile and see how things go.

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