It’s almost unfathomable that this could even be under consideration. Democratic Congressman (and former presidential candidate) Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) had a relationship with a suspected Chinese spy named Fang Fang, or Christine Fang. To put it in more direct terms, Fang was a sex spy, sent to the U.S. to have intimate relationships so she could obtain sensitive information. Swalwell is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, a panel that just happens to be trusted with classified information and high-level secrets.
Kevin McCarthy, the GOP House leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders received a briefing Friday from the FBI about Swalwell’s ties to the suspected Chinese spy. McCarthy, along with most Republican members of Congress, believe Swalwell should be immediately removed from the committee. You’d think Swalwell would seriously consider stepping away from the committee voluntarily, with all the fuss his presence on it has caused. But as with everything in Washington, D.C., it’s never that easy. “He should not be on Intel. I just think there are 200 other Democrats that I know who can fill that place long before this individual should be serving,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy talked to reporters immediately after leaving the FBI meeting at the Capitol. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn’t speaking to the media afterward.
According to a Fox News report earlier in December, “Fang used campaign fundraising, networking and rallies as well as romantic relationships with at least two Midwestern mayors to gain proximity to political power” and “officials do not believe she received or passed on classified information.”
Fang reportedly aided fundraising for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign and placed an intern in his office. Swalwell was alerted to FBI investigators’ concerns about Fang in 2015 and immediately cut ties with her.