It appears that Kevin McCarthy 2.0 is now in the House.
Some lefty journos seem to be very upset that newly-elected fabulist, George Santos, is being allowed on committees, but their beloved media darlings Reps. Adam “Russiagate” Schiff and Eric “Fang Fang Banger” Swalwell have been removed from the Intel Committee.
On Tuesday, House Leader Kevin McCarthy fielded reporters’ questions at a presser on Tuesday and tried to explain the difference in a way that even Lib journos might be able to understand.
PBS Newshour reporter Lisa Desjardins questioned the new House Leader’s decision to remove Democrat Congressman (and known liar) Adam Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee.
“You are keeping Adam Schiff — removing him from the Intel Committee,” says Desjardins.
“Intel Committee. Is Santos on the Intel Committee? Am I allowing Schiff to be on other committees?” interrupts Leader McCarthy.
The two then talk over each other for a bit until Leader McCarthy tells her, “go right ahead” with her question.
“Because you have direct power over who goes on the Intelligence Committee, you also will be able to create for your full house, taking off other Democrats, perhaps Representative Omar,” began Desjardins. “But you have said that lying to us is something that means you should be removed from the Intelligence Committee, but why is it not a factor –”
“He got elected by his district,” responds McCarthy referring to GOP freshman Congressman Santos.
Desjardins counters, “That’s not an answer to my question. Why does lying — ”
“Okay, let me be very clear and respectful to you,” replies McCarthy. “You asked me a question. When I answer it, it’s the answer to your question. You don’t get to determine whether I answer your question or not, okay? In all respect. Thank you.”
Leader McCarthy then proceeds to verbally dropkick Desjardins’s question in a clear and methodical way.
(Transcript below video.)
.@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
Now that’s the way to handle the Press!
Let’s hope that this new and improved Kevin McCarthy is here to stay, because that was just awesome!
MCCARTHY: You just raised a question, I’m going to 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 — 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 — use his power as the Chairman and lie to the American public. Even the Inspector General said it. When Devin Nunes put out a memo, he said it was false. When we had a laptop, he used it before an election to be politics and say it was false and said it was the Russians. When he knew different! When he knew the intel.
If you talk to John Ratcliffe, DNI. He came out ahead of time and says there’s no intel to prove that and he used his position as Chairman knowing he has information the rest of America does not and lied to the American public.
When a whistle-blower came forward, he said he did not know the individual even though his staff met with him and set it up. So no, he does not have a right to sit on that. 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. Alright?
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 a Chinese spy. They brought it to the works of the leaders.
I’ve 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 Schiff, 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, because integrity matters to me. That’s the answer to your question.
Cross-posted with Clash Daily
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