Kevin McCarthy Vows to Boot Schiff & Swalwell from Intel Committee ‘When I’m Speaker’

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has vowed that he will remove Democrat Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from their powerful roles on the Intelligence Committee.

McCarthy issued the warning to Schiff and Swalwell during an appearance on the Fox News show “Jesse Watters Primetime.”

McCarthy said he will “promise” to remove the two Democrats when he is named speaker after the expected red wave in the November midterms.

McCarthy told Watters that a crew from “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, who was arrested for unlawful entry at the Capitol complex, had been let in by a former Schiff aide.

“You know who let them back in?” McCarthy said.

“A former Schiff staffer.”

Watters said: “Of course.

“He’s got his fingerprints on everything. And they’re filthy.”

McCarthy then promised to boot the Schiff and Swalwell from the House Intel Committee.

“But I’ll promise you this,” he said.

“When I’m speaker, he will not be on the intel committee anymore.

“And you know what else? Swalwell won’t either.

“I don’t know if this is a high bar, but you have a relation with a Chinese spy, you shouldn’t be allowed to be on the intel committee.”

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Swalwell’s position on the committee has been highly controversial after it emerged that he engaged in a relationship with a Chinese Communist Spy.

From Axios:

A suspected Chinese intelligence operative developed extensive ties with local and national politicians, including a U.S. congressman, in what U.S. officials believe was a political intelligence operation run by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015, Axios found in a yearlong investigation.

While this suspected operative’s activities appear to have ended during the Obama administration, concerns about Beijing’s influence operations have spanned President Trump’s time in office and will continue to be a core focus for U.S. counterintelligence during the Biden administration.

…Among the most significant targets of Fang’s efforts was Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).

Fang took part in fundraising activity for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign, according to a Bay Area political operative and a current U.S. intelligence official.

Swalwell’s office was directly aware of these activities on its behalf, the political operative said.

That same political operative, who witnessed Fang fundraising on Swalwell’s behalf, found no evidence of illegal contributions.

Federal Election Commission records don’t indicate Fang herself made donations, which are prohibited from foreign nationals.

Fang helped place at least one intern in Swalwell’s office, according to those same two people, and interacted with Swalwell at multiple events over the course of several years.

A statement from Swalwell’s office provided to Axios said: “Rep. Swalwell, long ago, provided information about this person — whom he met more than eight years ago, and whom he hasn’t seen in nearly six years — to the FBI.

“To protect information that might be classified, he will not participate in your story.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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