Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell (Calif.) slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) early Thursday after the GOP leader filed a resolution requesting Swalwell’s removal from the Intelligence Committee. The California Democrat also called out McCarthy over his support of the conspiracy cult QAnon.
Swalwell responded to Fox News’s report on the resolution, which is expected to be announced later Thursday, slamming McCarthy for attempting to pivot from his “support for QAnon.”
“Meet the New McCarthyism,” Swalwell tweeted. “Multiple sentences in resolution state ‘Swalwell has not denied…’ Yet fails to include multiple FBI statements of ‘no wrongdoing’ and did nothing but ‘cooperate.’”
“All of this to deflect from @GOPLeader’s support for QAnon,” he continued.
McCarthy has called on Democrats to remove Swalwell from the panel over his former ties to Christine Fang, whom federal authorities have investigated as a potential Chinese spy.
As Axios previously reported, “Fang had helped fundraise for Swalwell in his 2014 campaign and arrange for an intern to work in his office before fleeing the U.S. in 2015.”
Authorities have not charged Swalwell with any wrongdoing, and he has said he no longer has contact with her.
Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have condemned McCarthy in recent months after he did not take action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) over her past promotion of QAnon conspiracy theories.
Pelosi’s comments calling the minority leader “McCarthy (Q-CA)” came days before the House voted to remove Greene from her committee assignments due to her endorsement of conspiracy theories and violence against Democrats.
Meet the New McCarthyism. Multiple sentences in resolution state “Swalwell has not denied…” Yet fails to include multiple FBI statements of “no wrongdoing” and did nothing but “cooperate.” All of this to deflect from @GOPLeader’s support for QAnon. https://t.co/2bsU72ev8H
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 18, 2021
McCarthy’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.