At a Tuesday press conference, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stomped all over, jumped up and down on, then set fire to a reporter who questioned his decision to remove Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both of California, from the House Intelligence Committee. I honestly didn’t know McCarthy was capable of delivering such an epic smackdown.
Here is what McCarthy told the reporter who is rumored to be PBS’ Lisa Desjardins.
“Okay let me be very clear and respectful to you. … Let’s answer her question. You just raised the question. I’m gonna 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 all of 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 was use his power as a chairman and lie to the American public. Even the Inspector General said it. When Devin Nunez put out a memo, he said it was false. When we had a laptop, he used it before an election to [inaudible] politics and say that it was false and said it was the Russians when he knew different. …
“If you talk to 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 this. 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?
“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 the Chinese spy. They brought it to the [inaudible] of the leaders.
“I 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 Shiff 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 relevance because integrity matters to me. That’s the answer to your question.”
.@SpeakerMcCarthy to reporter: Let me be very clear & 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 a question or not, okay? In all respect…what happens in the Intel Cmte you don’t know. pic.twitter.com/WD57QB7m1v
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 25, 2023
Holy shit. Kevin McCarthy just absolutely destroyed a reporter who questioned his decision to remove Schiff and Swalwell from the intel committee.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 25, 2023
The reporter who got flamed by McCarthy in that clip was @LisaDNews from PBS. A beatdown like that should earn her a one week timeout from Capitol Hill lol.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 25, 2023
Adam Schiff’s name has almost become synonymous with “liar” since 2016. He may be one of the most unethical lawmakers ever to serve in the House. Despite the fact that evidence of former President Donald Trump’s collusion with the Kremlin to win the 2016 election never materialized, this repellent lawmaker claimed for three years that it was in “plain sight.”
Shortly after the Mueller investigation ended in the spring of 2019, Schiff seized upon a July 2019 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and used it as the basis for Trump’s first impeachment. He then served as the lead House manager for the Senate trial which ended in Trump’s acquittal.
Eric Swalwell was romantically involved with a Chinese woman in the early 2010s named Christine Fang or “Fang Fang” who turned out to be a spy. Axios broke the story in December 2020 that Swalwell had been targeted by what “U.S. officials believe was a political intelligence operation run by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015.” The report says she “took part in fundraising activity” for Swalwell’s 2014 campaign and even “helped place at least one intern in Swalwell’s office.”
He also has the dubious distinction of having farted on national television.
Good for McCarthy for making good on his promise to kick Schiff and Swalwell off the House Intelligence Committee and for annihilating a liberal reporter who thinks that lying to the public about issues of national importance is not a disqualification for service.
A previous version of this article appeared in The Western Journal.
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