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Look at me! Look at me! Congressman Eric Swalwell wants to be the center of attention and make it look like he’s being persecuted for political reasons.
The newly elected Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy removed Swalwell and Congressman Adam Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee because of their questionable behaviors over the past few years.
Swalwell has been linked to Christine Fang, an alleged Chinese spy. Fang reportedly worked in California on “behalf of the Chinese Communist Party’s Ministry of State Security,” an internal Chinese spy agency.
Fang allegedly helped with fundraising for the Swalwell’s reelection campaign and then worked as an intern in his congressional office.
Speaker McCarthy said that Swalwell’s position on the committee would jeopardize U.S. national security. Swalwell vehemently opposes this idea.
In speaking with reporters, Swalwell said, “We will not be quiet. We’re not going away. I think he will regret giving all three of us [referring to Schiff and Omar] more time on our hands.
But at the end of the day, our mission is to restore the credibility and integrity of this institution of which the Speaker has so gravely, so gravely smashed and destroyed.”
Adam Schiff took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the new Speaker. He tweeted, “Kevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee. This is petty, political payback for investigating Donald Trump. If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is. I will always defend our democracy.”
Adam Schiff continually went on television and spread lies about former President Trump and his supposed ties to Russia.
Schiff had intelligence briefings regarding the Hunter Biden laptop and knew that it wasn’t Russian disinformation but pushed the story anyway. Is that what he considers defending democracy?!
On Tuesday evening, McCarthy was asked about his decision to remove Schiff and Swalwell from the committee while allowing Rep. George Santos, a Republican from NY who is facing allegations of lying, to take committee assignments.
“When Eric Swalwell would be in the private sector and can’t get the security clearance there, we are not gonna provide him with the secrets to America,” McCarthy told reporters.
“The FBI never came before this Congress to tell the leadership that Eric Swalwell had a problem with a Chinese spy until he served on intel. So, it wasn’t just us who were concerned … the FBI was concerned about putting a member of Congress on the Intel committee – that has the right to see things others don’t – because of his knowledge and relationship with the Chinese spy,” McCarthy said.
“This has nothing to do with Santos,” he continued. “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 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.”
Swalwell and Schiff can continue to say they are being treated unfairly, but a majority of Americans would agree that these two men do not belong anywhere near matters of national security.