Top Republican lawmakers are demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remove Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee due to his prior relationship with Chinese spy Fang Fang (AKA ‘Bang Bang’ for her tactic of having sex with her targets).
As I wrote earlier, Swalwell was compromised by Fang between 2013 and 2015 when they developed a close relationship after she fundraised for him and even placed an intern in his office. In my piece, I noted that due to this relationship with a Chinese spy, Swalwell should be removed from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).
As Axios reported, Swalwell and Fang were so close that in 2015, “amid a widening counterintelligence probe, federal investigators became so alarmed by Fang’s behavior and activities that … they alerted Swalwell to their concerns — giving him what is known as a defensive briefing.”
Once this issue finally became publicly known after the Axios report last week, Swalwell did not deny the facts, but deflected and blamed Trump for it now becoming an issue, stating last Tuesday:
I’ve been a critic of the president. I’ve spoken out against him. I was on both committees that worked to impeach him. The timing feels like that should be looked at.
But now, in a letter to Pelosi sent yesterday, 17 House Republicans state that Swalwell poses an “unacceptable national security risk,” explaining that, “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 lawmakers added:
HPSCI handles some of the most sensitive information our government possesses — information critical to our national defense. As such, we urge you to immediately remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on the House Intelligence Committee.
The letter was signed by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the second and third-highest ranking House Republicans.
Prior to this letter, Pelosi told reporters last week, “I don’t have any concern about Mr. Swalwell.” But that is the wrong answer.
It is time for Pelosi to do the right thing for American national security and remove Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee.
Swalwell poses an ‘unacceptable national security risk.’