In the wake of a revelation that he was previously associated with a suspected Chinese spy, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has faced mounting criticism.
Unthinkably, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continues to defend Swalwell, however, even telling reporters on Thursday that she does not “have any concern” about the embattled lawmaker, as Politico reported.
“A national security threat”
According to a bombshell Axios report, a woman known as Fang Fang or Christine Fang worked with Swalwell from early on in his political career. She reportedly helped him ahead of his first successful congressional bid in 2012 and worked on his re-election campaign two years later.
Their relationship lasted until the FBI informed Swalwell in 2015 of Fang’s suspected role. After he severed their connection, she reportedly fled the country.
Following the lead of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republicans have suggested that Swalwell is compromised as a result of his past interactions with Fang and have called on Pelosi to remove him from the House Intelligence Committee.
As McCarthy put it to Fox News: “This is a national security threat. This man should not be in the intel community. He’s jeopardizing national security.”
The House speaker has made it clear, however, that she is not interested in reprimanding Swalwell in any way. Instead, she is going on the offensive against McCarthy, claiming that she finds it “unfortunate” that he would try “to make an issue of this.”
“Trying to deflect”
Pelosi went on to claim that McCarthy is “trying to deflect attention from the fact that he has QAnon in his delegation over there,” according to Politico.
Of course, bringing up the QAnon conspiracy group in a discussion of Swalwell’s scandal could easily be interpreted as an act of deflection on her part. After all, there is evidence of the congressman’s years-long association with the suspected spy, as Pelosi admitted.
“We knew at the same moment,” she said. “We knew when they knew and at that time, that was the end of it.”
In an interview on Tuesday, Swalwell insinuated that the brewing scandal is all just an act of political retribution.
“I’ve been a critic of the president,” he said, as Politico reported. “I’ve spoken out against him. I was on both committees that worked to impeach him. The timing feels like that should be looked at.”