Kevin McCarthy snaps at reporter after pulling Dems, conserving George Santos on committees
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) rumbled with a reporter who questioned Tuesday why he gave admitted liar George Santos (R-NY) committee seats nevertheless booted two Democrats from the House intelligence panel.
“You said that lying to us is something that means you should be removed from the Intel Committee. But why is it not a factor [for Santos]?” PBS reporter Lisa Desjardins requested.
“Well, let me be very—” McCarthy began.
“This is a man who should not be on committees,” Desjardins interjected.
“He’s gotten elected by his district, so–,” the speaker tried as soon as extra, sooner than the PBS reporter demanded he “answer my question.”
McCarthy bristled, saying: “Let me be very clear and 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, OK? In all respect. Thank you.”
The tussle adopted McCarthy’s official rejection of Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) from the high-profile committee that’s usually briefed on America’s secrets and techniques and methods, throughout which the speaker cited security and honesty concerns with every Democratic lawmakers.
Turning to Desjardins’ query, the speaker insisted: “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, all of the secrets of going on in the world, other members of Congress don’t know.”
McCarthy accused Schiff of determining The Post’s 2020 story about Hunter Biden’s overseas enterprise dealings was not the outcomes of Russian interference nevertheless lying about it anyway.
“When we had a laptop, he used it before an election to be politics and say that it was false and said it was the Russians when he knew different when he knew the intel,” the speaker talked about. “When a whistleblower came forward, he said he did not know the individual – even though his staff had met with him and set it up.”
Turning to Swalwell, McCarthy snapped that Desjardins had “not had the briefing that I had,” noting that the FBI met privately with he and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to debate the congressman’s ties to China.
“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,” he talked about. “They brought it to the works of the leaders – I’ve got that briefing.”
“So I do not believe he should sit on that committee, and I believe there’s 200 other Democrats that can serve on that committee [instead,]” he added.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended Schiff and Swalwell on Wednesday, saying they “bring a lot to the table. She claimed that the Intelligence Committee “should not be politicized.”
McCarthy talked about Tuesday that he would allow the two Californians to take a seat down on completely different committees on account of he “will not be like Democrats and play politics.”
“[They] can serve on a committee, but [they] will not serve on intel because it goes to the national security of America, and I will always put them first,” McCarthy talked about.
Last week, McCarthy put sketchy Santos on the Science, Space and Technology and Small Business committees — whatever the Long Island Republican’s admission to The Post last month that he lied about graduating college and dealing for top funding companies.
Santos is predicted to be scrutinized by the House Ethics Committee following reporting on his lies and allegations of various misconduct. McCarthy had vowed Tuesday that Santos could possibly be away from office if the panel finds he broke the regulation.