OPINION – The heat is rising in the case of Chinese espionage intrigue surrounding Democrat Representative Eric Swalwell who was compromised by Chinese intelligence between 2013 and 2015. Swalwell’s stonewalling and deflection, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s arrogant, curt dismissal of the issue can no longer be accepted.
As I’ve written here, the FBI reportedly gave Swalwell a counterintelligence defensive briefing ‘sometime around 2015’ to warn him of the threat from his associate and young Chinese spy, Fang Fang, AKA Christine Fang, AKA ‘Bang Bang’ for her tactic of having sex with her targets.
Fang had been fundraising for Swalwell in 2014, and their relationship was so close she even placed an ‘intern’ in his office. Swalwell reportedly ended all contact with Fang after the FBI intervention, and she suddenly fled the country and returned to China shortly thereafter.
But then, as I have also noted, Speaker Nancy Pelosi inexplicably selected the inexperienced 34-year-old Swalwell to be on the House Intelligence Committee, and now we learn, to also be the senior Democrat on the Subcommittee overseeing the CIA.
Yesterday, as I reported, 17 House Republicans wrote a letter to Pelosi demanding she remove Swalwell from the Committee because he posed an ‘unacceptable national security risk.’
Now, new insights based on Swalwell’s recent comments to CNN are making things even more serious as they seem to show that the FBI reached out to Swalwell about Fang’s links to Chinese intelligence sometime in 2014, “just over six years ago,” not when it gave him the defensive briefing “around 2015.’.
This makes his selection by Pelosi on Jan. 14, 2015, to the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence (HPCI), even more bizarre and concerning. This is especially true considering that the young politico had zero relevant military or intelligence experience or expertise.
As the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) noted, all that Pelosi could say at the time was the plain vanilla statement that: “Congressman Swalwell’s determined leadership and energetic, fresh perspective will help our country meet the national security and intelligence challenges of the 21st century.”
Meanwhile, the local media back in San Francisco, such as the San Francisco Chronicle were gushing that the young, inexperienced congressman was “named to a plum position on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.”
But, as the WSJ explained, he didn’t just receive a seat on the committee, he was selected to be the senior Democrat on the Committee’s Subcommittee on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The press release from Swalwell’s office pointed out that: “This newly established subcommittee is responsible for the oversight, policy, activities, and budget of the CIA.”
To be clear, Pelosi put a young, inexperienced Congressman, recently compromised by Chinese intelligence, on the subcommittee overseeing all aspects of the nation’s premier clandestine foreign intelligence service – the CIA.
An undeserved position he then regularly used as a platform to make bogus intelligence-related accusations against President Trump. Why did Pelosi do this?
And did Chinese intelligence specifically target Swalwell because they knew he was going to be selected by Pelosi for this sensitive and valuable position or did Pelosi recklessly appoint him after learning that he had been compromised by Chinese intelligence?
In either case, they both egregiously kept this vital information from many other members of the committee. It is time both answer some serious questions.
To paraphrase Ricky Ricardo in the 1950s TV show ‘I Love Lucy’ – ‘Nancy, you have a lot of ‘splaining to do!’