CA Rep. Swalwell offers cryptic warning after getting booted from House Intel: 'more time on our hands'
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., vowed that he and two other House Democrats do not plan to go away, despite not being reappointed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, to committees they historically served on, adding the speaker’s decision was "purely about political vengeance."
During a press conference on Wednesday, Swalwell and Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn and Adam Schiff, D-Calif responded to McCarthy’s decision to not reappoint the three legislators to their committees.
I think he’ll regret giving all three of us more time on our hands.
DEMOCRATIC HOUSE LEADER JEFFRIES DEMANDS MCCARTHY REAPPOINT SCHIFF, SWALWELL TO INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEEEIn a letter on Tuesday, McCarthy shot down demands from Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries to reappoint Swalwell and Schiff, who were "eminently qualified" legislators with more than two decades of providing oversight of the nation’s Intelligence Committee.
McCarthy also has said Schiff has lied too many times to the American Public.
HOUSE SPEAKER MCCARTHY REJECTS JEFFRIES' DEMAND TO REAPPOINT SCHIFF, SWALWELL TO INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEEAfter learning of McCarthy’s decision, Schiff turned to Twitter.
"Kevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee," he said.
A reporter on Capitol Hill asked McCarthy about his decision to not reappoint Swalwell and Schiff to the Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, and the House Speaker did not hold back.
McCarthy said Schiff used his position as chairman of the Intelligence Committee and lied to the American people about information the rest of America did not have.
The speaker also went into details about Swalwell, saying the FBI never gave congressional leaders a briefing about Swalwell's problem with a Chinese spy until he served on the Intelligence Committee.
Omar was also left out of being appointed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, mainly because of her past antisemitic remarks.
"If McCarthy wants to denigrate the House and its committees, we will always stand up to these efforts."