“I don’t have any concern about Mr. Swalwell,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters last week. Republican lawmakers, on the other hand, have plenty of concerns with the Democratic Representative from California following revelations of his relationship with a Chinese spy.
In a letter addressed to Pelosi, 17 Republican Representatives said, “We write to you today out of concern with Congressman Eric Swalwell’s reported, close contacts with a Chinese Communist Party spy recently reported by Axios. 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 also noted Pelosi’s attacks on former Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions as “not fit to serve” following reports of a pair of undisclosed meetings with a Russian ambassador.
“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 letter said. “Obviously, Rep. Swalwell’s interactions with a Chinese spy were more dangerous and unusual than AG Session’s meetings with a Russian diplomat.”
An Axios report released last week cited U.S. intelligence officials who said Swalwell had been linked to suspected Chinese Spy, Fang Fang, who also went by Christina Fang.
The letter ended by urging Pelosi to remove Swalwell immediately, saying “For consistency’s sake, and more importantly, for the sake of our national security, you must remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on HPSCI.”
At this point, Swalwell is still on the intelligence committee and Pelosi apparently isn’t the only one protecting him, as the New York Times is being blasted for failing to cover the spy story at all. Critics have questioned if the Times is protecting Swalwell or its own Chinese business interests.