Recent revelations raised serious questions about whether Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence, has been compromised by the communist Chinese regime.
After being briefed by the FBI on the situation, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters that while he couldn’t share specifics, it is clear that Swalwell has no business serving on the Intelligence Committee.
Chinese spy targeted Swalwell, others
McCarthy and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) both received a briefing from the FBI on Friday after Axios reported that Swalwell had been engaged in a years-long relationship with a suspected Chinese spy, Christine Fang.
Fang reportedly targeted a number of Democratic politicians in California and across the country. According to the Axios report, Fang is alleged to have begun her relationship with Swalwell in 2011 when he was a city councilman in the Bay Area and helped him with fundraising to get elected and re-elected to Congress, even reportedly placing an intern of her choosing in Swalwell’s D.C. office. She fled the country and returned to China after the FBI warned Swalwell about her in 2015.
Swalwell “should not be serving” on Intel Committee
Following the FBI briefing, McCarthy appeared on Fox News with host Martha MacCallum to discuss what he had learned.
“I’ve been asking for this briefing since the story broke publicly,” McCarthy told MacCallum. “I was not briefed. That’s when I first learned about it. I had two different FBI briefings scheduled that were canceled on the day. And now it came on Friday, and we were briefed together, Speaker Pelosi and myself, for more than an hour.”
“I can’t tell you about what’s in it, but I can tell you this,” he continued. “What I learned today, and anyone who was in that room with me, would never allow Swalwell to be on the Intel Committee or to continue to be on it. I don’t know if the briefing before for leaders if they had the same information they have today, but if that was the case, he should not be serving.”
Focused on Russia while downplaying threat from China
McCarthy noted that Swalwell had ascended to the Intelligence Committee — “one of the most difficult committees to sit on” — by his second term in office and pointed out that, as a member of the committee, Swalwell focused on Russia and accused others of doing what he had secretly done himself with the alleged Chinese spy.
McCarthy also took note of the fact that, despite reading the same intel reports that showed China was a far greater threat to America than Russia, Swalwell has consistently downplayed the threat posed by China while overhyping that of Russia.
“You talk about John Ratcliffe, the Director of Intel when he said that China is our greatest threat. Swalwell didn’t say he was correct,” McCarthy said. “Swalwell actually challenged him and said China is not. Now he’s a part of the Intel Committee. So, he reads the reports that I read all the time as the Gang of Eight. Anyone who reads those reports would never make that accusation and would never say that. They would agree with John Ratcliffe, and they would take actions to protect America.”
Entire Intel Committee should get briefing
The House Republican leader reiterated that message Sunday on Fox News during an appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo. “No one that was in that room could walk out and say Eric Swalwell should be on the intel committee,” he said of Friday’s FBI briefing. “The one answer that I got out of that briefing was there is no way Eric Swalwell should continue to serve on the intel committee.”
McCarthy said he intended to demand the “exact same” briefing be delivered to all members of the Intelligence Committee. That may be necessary to increase the pressure for Swalwell to be removed, given that, according to The Hill, Pelosi has defended her Democratic colleague.