House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) blew off a CNN reporter’s questions about ‘holding Donald Trump accountable’ after his 37-count indictment by reminder her what her own network has done to reward the weaponization of government.
As she pressed on about Trump, McCarthy noted that CNN hired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired for illegally leaking classified information to harm then-President Trump, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, whom even Democrats have accused of lying to Congress, which is a felony.
Clapper also signed onto the letter from current and former intelligence community figures who falsely suggested that damning information about Joe and Hunter Biden found on a laptop owned by the latter was ‘Russian disinformation.’
Here’s a partial transcript (see video below):
CNN REPORTER: This is a different case, this is a different set of circumstances, right? I mean the former president is accused of misleading law enforcement, a conspiracy of obstructing justice, that’s a different set of facts. Are you prepared to defend him as the former president, and what other actions will the House take? Like the House Judiciary Committee, in terms of funding.
SPEAKER KEVIN MCCARTHY: Are you prepared to defend your network, CNN… You can’t put words in my mouth, even though your network can hire Andrew McCabe, who was fired from the FBI for leaking classified documents. Did you remove him from your network? No, you continued to put him on to give judgment against President Trump. You also hired Clapper. Clapper has cone out publicly–
CNN REPORTER: What steps is the House going to take? In term of, is there any effort to defund the FBI? Any effort to defund the Department oof Justice after what you’ve seen over the past few days?
MCCARTHY: So, you’re network hires Clapper, who literally lied to the American public , one of 51 other individuals who had briefings and used it politically to tell the American public that a laptop was Russia collusion, even though it had all this information about the Biden administration, are you prepared to get rid of those people from your network?
My concern as a policymaker is when you weaponize government, and now you’re weaponizing networks, that is wrong. We will take all our power to make sure that the legal system in America gets the blinders back on, and people are treated fairly. I have a real problem that your network actually pays people who give classified information and then lie to the American public to try to influence a presidential election, and then you put them on your network to give an opinion about a president… what your network has done has weaponized the same time.