Rand Paul: Swalwell should be ‘removed’ from Intel panel, ‘ought to just resign’ over spy scandal

A bombshell Axios report published last week revealed that U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) had been previously involved in a years-long relationship with a woman suspected of being a Chinese spy.

The stunning revelation led to demands that Swalwell be removed from his post on the powerful House Intelligence Committee from a number of House Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who took his argument a step further.

According to the Kentucky lawmaker, Swalwell “really probably ought to just resign from Congress.”

“He should be removed”

According to Breitbart, that remark from Paul came during a Fox News Channel appearance on Wednesday morning during which the Swalwell controversy was one of several topics discussed.

“I think to be careful, and precautious, he should actually resign from the Intelligence Committee,” Paul said of his Democratic colleague, as Breitbart reported. “If he is not willing to do that, he should be removed from the Intelligence Committee.”

He went on to call out the “hypocrisy” of a “guy that was hurling stones and accusations, all kinds of false accusations at President Trump” regarding his supposed susceptibility to foreign spies.

“He was the most over the top critic of President Trump on Russia collusion, and it turns out he is sleeping with a Chinese spy,” Paul said, according to Breitbart. “I mean, my goodness, the hypocrisy. It’s appalling, and he really should be red-faced and ashamed of himself and really probably ought to just resign from Congress.”

“Close interactions”

Others in the GOP agree with the notion that Swalwell should, at the very least, be removed from the House Intel panel, which was the request put forward by at least a dozen House Republicans in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other congressional leaders.

According to The Hill, the letter declared that Swalwell’s “close interactions with Chinese intelligence services, however unintentional they may be, are an unacceptable national security risk.”

In light of the manner by which the committee “handles some of the most sensitive information our government possesses,” the Republican lawmakers determined that Swalwell should be replaced at once.

Of course, Pelosi remained defiant when pressed on the issue during a news conference on Thursday.

“I don’t have any concern about Mr. Swalwell,” she declared, according to Just The News.

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