U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) is facing new accusations involving an alleged four-year political relationship with a suspected Chinese spy.
In response, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has ordered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to fess up, including on when she first became aware of the stunning claims and why Swalwell was nevertheless assigned to — and remains a member — of the House Intelligence Committee, Fox News reported.
“Leaders of the party”
McCarthy posed his questions to the House speaker during a Fox News Channel interview this week in the wake of a bombshell investigative report released by Axios on Tuesday.
The suspected spy, known as Christine Fang while living in the U.S., reportedly targeted young rising stars within the Democratic Party. She allegedly engaged in fundraising, networking, organizing, and even romantic relationships in an effort to gain access to party power and influence.
With respect to Swalwell, Fang reportedly took an interest in him when he was a city councilmember in the Bay Area, helping him get elected to Congress in 2012 and re-elected two years later. In 2015, Swalwell was reportedly informed by the FBI of Fang’s identity, at which point he reportedly cut ties with her and after which she fled the country.
McCarthy described the situation to Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday: “[China] helps a city council member become a congressman. This congressman now gets on the intel committee. They are only selected from the intel committee by the leaders of their party, meaning Nancy Pelosi.”
The Republican went on to ask whether the speaker knew “this had transpired when she put him on the committee.”
“No other members are able to see”
McCarthy also asked why China focuses “on Silicon Valley members of Congress” before returning his attention to Swalwell.
“Why is he still on the intel let alone why is he still a member of [Congress]?” he asked, according to Fox. “Did [California Democratic Rep.] Adam Schiff know as chairman of that committee that he had this problem?”
The Republican leader broke down the possible benefits to China of infiltrating a lawmaker who serves on the committee.
“Remember what the intel committee gets: information that no other members are able to see and remember what this member did — he was so preoccupied going after this president, he wasn’t protecting our country from bad actors,” McCarthy told Ingraham, as Fox reported. “When he questioned [former FBI Director James] Comey, he literally set up the questionnaire of what happened to him.”
For her part, Pelosi brushed off McCarthy’s concerns, asserting that she does not have “any concern about Mr. Swalwell” and describing it as “unfortunate that Mr. McCarthy is trying to make an issue of this,” according to Politico.