A bombshell Axios report has revealed that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee and fervent proponent of the debunked Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy, was targeted and potentially compromised by a foreign rival via a years-long personal and professional relationship with a suspected Chinese spy.
In response to that stunning revelation, a group of House Republicans is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to immediately remove Swalwell from the intelligence committee due to the national security risk his continued presence on the committee poses, The Hill reported.
The letter dated for Tuesday was drafted and signed by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chair of the Republican Study Committee, and was signed by 16 other House Republicans, including two members of the Republican leadership team, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Republican Caucus Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY).
“Unfit to serve”
“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 Republicans wrote in the letter, according to the Washington Examiner.
“HPSCI handles some of the most sensitive information our government possesses — information critical to our national defense. As such, we urge you to immediately remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on the House Intelligence Committee,” the letter continued.
The House Republicans pointed to the inconsistency in Pelosi’s response to Swalwell versus the unfounded allegations against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2017.
The accusations against Sessions were pressed by Pelosi who argued that he was compromised by having met with a Russian diplomat without informing Congress and was unfit to serve in such a crucial position.
“In the end, AG Sessions chose to recuse himself from Robert Mueller’s fruitless, unsubstantiated investigation into the Trump campaign. By your own standards, Congressman Swalwell is unfit to serve on the Intelligence Committee,” the Republicans noted.
“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,” they continued. “Obviously, Rep. Swalwell’s interactions with a Chinese spy were more dangerous and unusual than AG Session’s meetings with a Russian diplomat.
In conclusion, the House Republicans noted that China is, without debate, our nation’s number one rival and potential threat.
“The House Intelligence Committee is instrumental in overseeing our national effort to counteract our chief global rival’s espionage initiatives; for one of its members to have had an undisclosed relationship with a foreign asset in the manner described by recent reports is unacceptable and dangerous,” they wrote.
“For consistency’s sake, and more importantly, for the sake of our national security, you must remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on HPSCI,” the Republicans added.