In light of troubling revelations about his former connection to a suspected Chinese spy, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) is facing renewed scrutiny from his colleagues on Capitol Hill.
As one notable example, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is issuing a call for the embattled congressman to step down from the influential House Intelligence Committee — if not resign from Congress altogether.
“The most over-the-top critic”
According to the Washington Examiner, the GOP senator made his bold proclamation during a recent appearance on Fox News.
Paul reportedly speculated that Swalwell was “sleeping with a Chinese spy” before concluding that he “probably ought to just resign from Congress.”
The senator cited the “appalling” hypocrisy he believed was evident in reporting that Swalwell had been connected to a femme fatale sent by China’s communist government, especially considering the congressman’s prior position on the supposed impact of foreign spies in the Trump administration.
“He was the most over-the-top critic of President Trump on Russia collusion,” Paul noted in the context of Swalwell’s reported relationship with the alleged spy identified as Christine Fang, according to the Examiner.
“I mean, my goodness — the hypocrisy,” Paul continued. “It’s appalling, and he really should be red-faced and ashamed of himself and really probably ought to just resign from Congress.”
“Some of the most sensitive information”
While others have called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to replace Swalwell on the Intel panel, she had dismissed concerns and insisted that he severed ties with Fang after learning of her supposed Chinese ties, as Fox notes.
Pelosi explained: “In terms of Mr. Swalwell — in the spring of 2015, the leadership of the House and the [Intelligence] Committee were informed that overtures from a Chinese person were being made to members of Congress. When that was made known to the members of Congress, it was over.”
In a letter sent to Pelosi this week demanding that she boot Swalwell from the committee, however, a group of House Republicans noted that his seat gives him access to “some of the most sensitive information our government possesses.”
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made it clear after a recent FBI briefing that he believes Swalwell “should not be on” the powerful House committee.
For his part, Swalwell has refused to address the controversy, ignoring questions from a Fox News reporter who confronted him outside of his residence in D.C. on Thursday, according to the New York Post.