Swalwell hits out at McCarthy for sending fried chicken to the Capitol cops
representing Eric SwalwellEric Michael Swalwell Police prepare for Capitol rally defending January 6 crowd Spotlight turns to GOP’s McCarthy on January 6, Democrats’ January 6 subpoena sets dangerous precedent (D-Calif.) Hit the House Minority Leader Kevin mccarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill 12:30 p.m. Report – September Congressional Laundry List Grows The spotlight turns to GOP’s McCarthy on January 6. (R-Calif.) Tuesday for sending chicken to US Capitol Police officers, writing that it was “proper” for lawmakers to “dishonor the police but send them … chicken.”
David Laufman, an attorney who represented two Capitol Hill police officers at the House Select Committee’s first hearing in July, tweeted a photo on Tuesday of bags of Chick-fil-A fried chicken that McCarthy sent to officers Capitol Police Station.
The photo included a note from McCarthy that read “Thanks for everything you do!” “
Laufman slammed McCarthy for the gesture, writing on Twitter “I’m sure it’s delicious, but I’d rather support democracy and the rule of law if you’re not left out #rememberJanuary6 #protectdemocracy.”
@GOPLeadersent bags of fried chicken to@CapitolPolice– I’m sure it’s delicious, but I’d rather support democracy and the rule of law if you’re not exhausted #rememberJanuary6 # protect democracy pic.twitter.com/jfSEuFuK53
– David Laufman (@DavidLaufmanLaw) September 7, 2021
Swalwell retweeted Laufman’s post, writing that “tons” of Capitol Hill police officers “were texting me in disbelief.”
“@GOPLeader McCarthy dishonours the police but sends them… chicken. Adjustment, ”he added.
– Representative Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) September 7, 2021
Politico reported Some officers on Wednesday chose not to eat the chicken and “expressed disappointment” that McCarthy was showing support for the Capitol Police in a private setting with chicken instead of publicly through legislation .
Most of the officers, however, ate the chicken, Politico noted.
The Republican minority leader has become the face of opposition to the Congressional inquiry into the deadly Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill.
More recently, he said Republicans “won’t forget” if the telecommunications companies turn over the telephone and electronic recordings to the House panel investigating the riots, after the select committee wrote letters to 25 companies asking them keep records of people who may have been involved in the attack.
McCarthy said handing over the files “would put every American with a phone or computer in the sights of a surveillance state run by Democratic politicians.”
In May, he said he would oppose the convening of a bipartisan and independent 9/11-style commission to examine the attack, which Democrats had initially sought to establish.
But in July, he withdrew all of his GOP candidates from the select committee investigating the riots to protest the Speaker of the House. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiManchin reportedly backs spending plan of no more than .5T: Overnight Health Care report – US takes vaccine to new milestone White House offers House Democrats messages for .5T spending plan MORE‘s (D-Calif.) decision to reject two of his choices.
The Hill has reached out to McCarthy for comment.