Pelosi downplays reports of ties between Swalwell, suspected spy: ‘I don’t have any concerns’

Earlier this week, Axios released a bombshell report revealing ties between suspected Chinese spy Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, and California politicians like Eric Swalwell, a Democrat congressman and member of the House Intelligence Committee.

With questions about Swalwell swirling, Republicans are making clear that they want answers from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) about the congressman’s spot on the esteemed Intel panel — answers that it seems Pelosi just doesn’t have.

According to Breitbart, Pelosi did her best to turn the tables back on Republicans after she faced harsh criticism from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) over the growing Swalwell spy scandal.

“[McCarthy is] trying to deflect attention from the fact that he has QAnon in his delegation over there, and that I think is a danger in terms of our debate here,” Pelosi charged. According to Breitbart, the speaker’s reference to QAnon was likely aimed at Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican congresswoman-elect from Georgia.

A bombshell report

But Greene isn’t the subject of headlines across the country right now. Instead, Swalwell is under fire after Axios’ Tuesday report detailed how Fang “targeted up-and-coming local politicians in the Bay Area and across the country who had the potential to make it big on the national stage” — most notably, Swalwell.

Citing “a Bay Area political operative and a current U.S. intelligence official,” Axios revealed that “Fang took part in fundraising activity for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign” and “helped place at least one intern in Swalwell’s office.”

It was all part of an effort by the Chinese national “to gain proximity to political power,” Axios reported, including via “campaign fundraising, extensive networking, personal charisma, and romantic or sexual relationships with at least two Midwestern mayors.”

In a statement to Axios, Swalwell confirmed that he “provided information about this person…to the FBI,” but said he hadn’t seen her “in nearly six years.” The Democrat reportedly declined further comment.

No concerns from Pelosi

Despite Swalwell’s denial, Axios’ Tuesday report led McCarthy to call for his removal from the House Intelligence Committee, arguing in a Thursday appearance on Fox & Friends that the Democrat represents “a national security threat.”

“This man should not be in the Intel Committee. He’s jeopardizing national security,” McCarthy asserted of Swalwell, according to Fox News. “When did Nancy Pelosi know of this and why did she maintain him on the committee?” he pressed.

The speaker, for her part, remains unmoved, however.

“I don’t have any concerns about Mr. Swalwell,” she told reporters this week, according to Breitbart. None at all?

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