Swalwell says McCarthy criticism of him inspiring death threats

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that attacks from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are inspiring death threats against him.

Swalwell told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace on “Deadline: White House” that McCarthy plans to remove him from his committee assignments for “political vengeance.”

Swalwell has emerged as a particularly controversial individual among House Republicans over his connection to a suspected Chinese spy during his 2014 reelection campaign, which became public in 2020.

Swalwell ended his ties with the Chinese national when the FBI informed him of her identity, but Republicans have called for him to be removed from sensitive committee assignments and accused him of jeopardizing national security.

McCarthy reiterated a promise to prevent Swalwell and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) from joining the House Intelligence Committee last week.

“If you got the briefing I got from the FBI, you wouldn’t have Swalwell on any committee,” McCarthy said.

But Swalwell has repeatedly rejected the accusation that he is compromised, including in the interview on Wednesday. He said the FBI has said on multiple occasions that he was never suspected of wrongdoing and only helped them with their investigation.

He also noted a Washington Post report that gave McCarthy four “Pinocchios” for his claims, providing a fact-check to his accusations. He added that McCarthy continuing to make these claims despite them being false is leading to threats against him and his family.... (Read more)