Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell of California last year was linked to a suspected Chinese spy named Fang Fang. The attractive woman who reportedly had sexual or romantic relationships with multiple elected officials, including at least two Midwestern mayors, helped raise money for Swalwell’s campaign and placed one or more interns in Swalwell’s office.
I also noted that due to his office being penetrated by a Chinese intelligence operative, he should be removed from the House Intelligence Committee where Speaker Nancy Pelosi had placed him. Pelosi recently reappointed Swalwell to the Committee.
However, as previously noted, Swalwell:
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.”
House Republicans have also said that somebody so seriously compromised by a foreign adversary should not remain on the critical intelligence panel. And now House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has filed a resolution aimed at removing the Democrat lawmaker from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The two-page resolution tweeted by Mike Emanuel of Fox News says Swalwell “has not denied public reporting that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative helped raise money for Representative Swalwell’s political campaigns” and “other troublesome elements of public reporting.”
#FoxNews has obtained this Resolution seeking Congressman Eric Swalwell’s removal from the House Intelligence Committee. TBD on timing in terms of when Leader McCarthy will seek to force a vote on the House Floor. pic.twitter.com/FpX7vd9Nz5
— Mike Emanuel 🇺🇸 (@MikeEmanuelFox) March 18, 2021
McCarthy’s resolution also cites the House rule that “A Member… of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Elected officials are not required to pass security background screenings when placed on sensitive committees handling classified intelligence or national security information.
However, to make his point, McCarthy also tweeted an image of Section 19 of the SF-86 form for obtaining a security clearance in the private sector which asks if the person applying for clearance has had a relationship with any “foreign national affiliated with a foreign government, military, security, defense industry or intelligence service.”
McCarthy said in the Tweet: “Given the nature of Swalwell’s relationship with a reported Chinese spy, he wouldn’t qualify. Why is he still on the Intel Committee?”
If you can’t get a security clearance in the private sector, you shouldn’t have one in the public sector.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 19, 2021
Swalwell responded to McCarthy’s resolution accusing the GOP leader of “the New McCarthyism,” while tarring the GOP minority Leader as a QAnon supporter.
Meet the New McCarthyism. Multiple sentences in resolution state ‘Swalwell has not denied…Yet fails to include multiple FBI statements of ‘no wrongdoing’ and did nothing but ‘cooperate.’ All of this to deflect from @GOPLeader’s support for QAnon.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman, fellow California Democrat Adam Schiff, also defended Swalwell in a letter to colleagues. He said:
I have full confidence in Congressman Swalwell’s fitness to continue to serve as an exemplary member of the Intelligence Committee with all of the trust that entails. I will oppose this transparently political effort.