Following the stunning revelation from Axios that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) previously had a close relationship with a suspected Chinese spy for several years, Republicans are demanding answers and insisting upon Swalwell’s removal from his position on the House Intelligence Committee.
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is among those with pointed questions for both Swalwell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is ultimately responsible for Swawell’s assignment to that committee, The Daily Caller reported.
Swalwell grills Pelosi
During an appearance on Fox News’ Outnumbered Overtime on Friday, Gowdy discussed the news surrounding Swalwell. The segment began with a clip of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asking why Swalwell remained on the Intel Committee despite the revelation that he may have been compromised by a Chinese spy.
“It’s the hardest committee in all of Congress to get on,” Gowdy said of the Intelligence Committee. He pointed out that members of Congress and even that committee aren’t required to undergo background checks, despite routinely dealing with highly classified information, which made the careful selection of members by congressional leaders all the more vital.
“Kevin is 100 percent right. There are 230 members of the House. You can’t find one that wasn’t dating a Chinese spy?” the former congressman asked. “Out of all 230, you can’t find a single member on the Democrat side that wasn’t involved in a relationship, which he won’t even tell us what it was, Harris. He won’t say whether he was sleeping with her or not. He says it’s classified. How? How is that classified, Eric? I mean you want people to not find out about it but it’t not classified.”
Gowdy said the only reason Swalwell was appointed to the committee in the first place was that he was a “loyal acolyte” of fellow Californians Pelosi and committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and mockingly noted that, “Having to work with him, he is eminently replaceable. I can promise you that.”
The mockery continued when host Harris Faulkner asked if there was anything Gowdy would like to hear from Swalwell, to which Gowdy replied, “Eric, how did this happen for four years? Eric, with all candor, when a woman is expressing interest in you, chances are great that she is paid to do so.”
“You have to have the self-awareness to ask, ‘Why do I have this new face in my life?’ ‘Why is this person trying to put an intern in my office and why are they trying to help me get elected to Congress?'” he continued. “You couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing Swalwell in the Russia investigation. Where is he now? He’s criticizing Jared and Donald Trump Jr. for meeting with a Russian lawyer. They weren’t dating one. They were meeting with one. So, just answer some questions, Eric.”
“Not smart enough to know”
Gowdy’s remarks about Swalwell rang similar to what he said the evening before during a segment with Fox News host Martha MacCallum, where he also slammed Pelosi by asking, “There are 230 [House] Democrats, and you mean to tell me she cannot find a single one that didn’t date a Chinese spy?”
He pointed out Swalwell’s accusatory criticism of anyone on the right who had even talked with someone of Russian origin and said, “Meanwhile, for four years, the guy is not smart enough to know he’s being played by a Chinese spy? That’s the best Nancy Pelosi could do? At 230 members, the best you can come up with is a former city councilman in California who’s not smart enough to know when a woman is expressing interest in you, [whether] she’s a spy?”
When asked to comment on Swalwell’s insistence that he had done nothing wrong, Gowdy remarked, “Unfortunately I know him. This is the same guy that ran for president so he’s not known for his self-awareness.”
Gowdy said he wanted to hear the details about Swalwell’s relationship with the suspected spy from the FBI or Director of National Intelligence, if not from Swalwell himself, who has suggested the relationship is “classified” to avoid divulging those pertinent details.