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Kevin McCarthy: I will offer a resolution to remove Swalwell from the Intel Committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday he is planning on introducing a resolution to remove Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee.

McCarthy argued that Swalwell is a national security threat due to his former ties with an alleged Chinese spy and he should not be on the panel in charge of guarding our nation’s secrets.

“Pelosi just reappointed Eric Swalwell to the Intelligence Committee. Based on the briefing she and I received together, Swalwell should not be on the panel in charge of guarding our nation’s secrets. Next week, I will offer a resolution to remove him from the Intel Committee,” McCarthy tweeted on Friday.

Following Pelosi and McCarthy’s briefing, McCarthy pushed for the removal of Swalwell, saying that the briefing raised more concerns of Swalwell being a national security threat.

“One thing I know for sure — I had questions about whether he should. That’s the one question that was answered, he should not be on Intel,” McCarthy said in December.

“I just think there are definitely 200 other Democrats that I know could fill that place,” McCarthy added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Friday that Swalwell will remain on the House Intelligence Committee despite allegations that he had a relationship with a suspected Chinese spy, Fang Fang.

Swalwell has refused to say if he had a romantic relationship with Fang Fang.

In February, 14 Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting a briefing on Swalwell’s entanglement with Fang.

“As our nation faces a growing security threat from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) attempts to infiltrate and undermine the United States Government, we write to request a full briefing regarding counterintelligence threats to Members of Congress, including information related to Representative Eric Swalwell’s ties to a suspected Chinese intelligence operative,” the legislators wrote.

The letter continued, “We must ensure the Committee can safeguard Top Secret information and make an informed decision regarding Rep. Swalwell’s future access to classified information.”

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Biden supports ‘exception’ to filibuster to ‘codify Roe v. Wade in the law’

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Breaking Thursday, President Joe Biden gave his support to amend or drop the filibuster rule in order to restore perceived abortion rights lost following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade on Friday.

While at the NATO summit in Spain, Biden said “The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that.”

“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” Biden added.

A filibuster requires 60 votes, and The Hill writes “There are not 50 senators who support changing the rules around the filibuster, however, making Biden’s suggestion unlikely to go anywhere.”

 

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