A report surfaced earlier this month that congressman and former Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell (D-CA) had close ties with a Chinese spy.
That hasn’t stopped him from being a member on the House Intelligence Committee, a fact that some Republicans want to change.
According to Fox News, some 17 GOP members have signed a letter calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to remove Swalwell from the committee, citing the “sensitive information” that it deals with.
“Because of Rep. Swalwell’s position on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, his close interactions with Chinese intelligence services, however unintentional they may be, are an unacceptable national security risk,” the letter states.
Spy raised money for Swalwell
Axios reported earlier this month that a Chinese spy, known in the United States as Christine Fang, spent years forging links with Democratic figures, including having sexual relationships with at least two Midwestern mayors.
Fang also had close ties with Swalwell, including helping him raise money for his campaign and selecting interns for his office.
“Rep. Swalwell withheld information for five years from the House Intelligence Committee about an ongoing Chinese espionage operation targeted at him and his own colleagues,” the Republicans’ letter continues.
“Obviously, Rep. Swalwell’s interactions with a Chinese spy were more dangerous and unusual than AG Session’s meetings with a Russian diplomat,” the letter reads, a reference to Pelosi’s response to revelations in 2017 that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not report meetings he had with a Russian ambassador.
Family still in contact with spy
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that his program, Tucker Carlson Tonight, had contacted Swalwell’s office and asked whether the congressman had been romantically involved with Fang.
Carlson explained that Swalwell’s staff “replied by saying they couldn’t comment because such information might be ‘classified.’ They did not elaborate or explain what they meant by that.”
Although Fox News reported that Swalwell cut ties with Fang upon learning her identity, the network noted that his “father and brother, along with a handful of other local politicians, remained Facebook friends with her until reporting on the connections surfaced last week.”
Despite this information, Pelosi was quoted last week by The New York Times as saying she doesn’t “have any concerns about Mr. Swalwell.”