On Thursday, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ripped into Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) for being a potential security risk given his previous relationship with a Chinese spy.
“I was very clear early on. Let me phrase something very direct to you. If you got the briefing that I got from the FBI, you wouldn't have Swalwell on any committee,” McCarthy explained. “And you're going to tell me that other Democrats couldn't fill that slot. He cannot get a security clearance in the private sector.”
Swalwell was found to have close ties with a Chinese spy named Fang Fang back in 2020, as reported by Axios.
“So would you like to give him a government clearance?” McCarthy asked hypothetically. “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 that there aren't 200 other Democrats that couldn't fill that slot but they kept him on it,” the speaker said. “The only way that they even knew it came forward was when they voted to nominate 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 jeopardizes all of us.”
Wow @SpeakerMcCarthy shreds Eric Swalwell in this.
Great energy from McCarthy lately!
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) January 12, 2023
In response to getting kicked off of the House Intelligence Committee by the new speaker, Swalwell took to MSNBC to criticize the Republican majority and the various investigations begun by them.
During the interview, Swalwell called the Republican's investigations “like letting Al Capone investigate Elliot Ness,” in reference to the 1930s mob boss and the ATF agent that helped take him down.
When Reid asked the congressman his thoughts about the newly formed committee on the “weaponization of the federal government” led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Swalwell argued that the committee will “obstruct justice,” as reported by Breitbart.
“That’s what the House just voted on today, to create what they call the Weaponization of Government Committee. It’s the committee to obstruct justice,” he claimed. “It’s made up of people who want to be on the committee who had their phones seized by the FBI, who have been called to testify to the grand jury, who has been subpoenaed and refused to honor their subpoena by the January 6th Committee.”
“This committee if it’s allowed to form and actually go after ongoing investigations, would be like letting Al Capone investigate Elliot Ness,” the congressman continued. “That’s what they want to do. By the way, what happened on January 6, 2023, in contrast to 2021, the insurrectionists lost in 2021 because of the valor of the police. In 2023, they didn’t take over the Capitol, but they took over the Republican Party.”
Rep. Jordan told radio host Glenn Beck on Wednesday that the committee would focus on violations of freedom of speech via direct or indirect action from the federal government: “If you can't talk, you can't practice your faith. You can't petition your member of Congress. You can't assemble.”
The fact that Swalwell believes that such oversight to protect Americans' core values “obstruct[s] justice” goes to show that he doesn't understand the importance of constitutional rights.
With Eric Swalwell upset that the House Republicans will actually be protecting the civil liberties of Americans, perhaps he should look in the mirror to see who is really endangering the country with their actions.
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