At a press conference on Tuesday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stepped on, leaped on, and then set fire to a reporter who questioned his decision to remove California Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee.
Who thought McCarthy was capable of such a monumental knockout?
Lisa Desjardins of PBS spoke over the speaker as she badgered him about his removal of Schiff and Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee in regard to his position on New York Republican Rep. George Santos, whose campaign fabrications have prompted demands for his resignation.
McCarthy was interrupted by Desjardins, who stated that he was not addressing her question.
“OK, let me be very clear and respectful to you,” he responded. “You asked me a question. When I answer it, it’s the answer to your question. You don’t get to determine whether I answered your question or not, OK? In all respect.”
The speaker proceeded, “Let’s respond to her inquiry. You merely posed the question. I will be extremely straightforward with you. The Intelligence Committee is unique. You realize why? Because you do not know what happens in the Intelligence Committee. Other members of Congress are unaware of what occurs in the Intelligence Committee and all of the world’s secrets.
“What did Adam Schiff do as the chairman of the Intel Committee? What Adam Schiff did was use his power as a chairman and lie to the American public. … When [former Intelligence Committee Ranking Member] Devin Nunes put out a memo, he said it was false.
“When we had a laptop [that once belonged to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter], he used it before an election to be politics and say that it was false and said it was the Russians when he knew different. … If you talk to [former Director of National Intelligence] John Ratcliffe, DNI, he came out ahead of time and said there’s no intel to prove that.
“And he [Schiff] used his position as chairman, knowing he has information the rest of America does not, and lied to the American public. When a whistleblower came forward, he said he did not know the individual even though his staff had met with him and set it up.
“So no, he does not have a right to sit on that [committee]. 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, all right?”
McCarthy then shifted his focus to Swalwell and his friendship with the Chinese agent Christine Fang.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“And if you want to talk about Swalwell, let’s talk about Swalwell, because you have not had the briefing that I had,” the speaker said. “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. CONTINUE READING…