During a press pool Tuesday, reporters pressed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) on his decision to boot Democratic congressmen Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee. After one reporter accused McCarthy of avoiding the question, the California Republican shot down the journalist.
Schiff "used his position as chairman—knowing he has information the rest of America does not—and lied to the American public," said the speaker. "He does not have a right to sit on that" committee.
"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 others don't—because of his knowledge and relationship with a Chinese spy," McCarthy said of Swalwell.