Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has long been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and one of the most persistent sources of the now-debunked Russian collusion narrative.
It’s been revealed, however, that Swalwell himself is believed to have been unwittingly targeted, duped, influenced, and potentially even seduced by a suspected Chinese spy between 2011-2015, Axios reported.
That is especially concerning as Swalwell is a member of the House Intelligence Committee — and makes incessant accusations against Trump for actions that he himself may be guilty of.
Suspected spy in Democrat circles
The revelation about Swalwell and the suspected Chinese spy came from an extensively researched and year-long investigation by two journalists for Axios. The report found that the congressman was just one — if perhaps the most prominent — targeted politician of a woman believed to be an operative working on behalf of the communist Chinese regime’s civilian intelligence spy agency.
Known as Christine Fang in the United States, the suspected operative used college student organizations as an initial cover to ingratiate herself among the political activist scene in California. She made inroads among Democratic circles to find and latch onto potential rising stars “through campaign fundraising, extensive networking, personal charisma, and romantic or sexual relationships” with at least two politicians.
The report found that Fang likely never collected any classified or top secret information, but she did collect a trove of private and potentially critical information that would likely be considered useful by her handlers in Beijing.
Role in Swalwell’s rise to Congress
According to Axios, Fang first connected with Swalwell in 2011 when he was still a relatively unknown city council member in the Bay Area. She reportedly helped him win his first election to Congress in 2012 by organizing campaign events, hosting fundraisers, bundling donations and engaging in outreach to the Asian-American community.
After he was elected, Fang appears to have played an advisory role in the assignment of interns to Swalwell’s offices in the district and Washington, D.C., even installing at least one intern specifically of her choosing in the D.C. office.
By 2015, the U.S. government was on to Fang and began to investigate her as a suspected Chinese spy. Rather than also quietly investigate Swalwell, however — as the FBI did to candidate Trump the following year — the bureau gave the congressman a defensive briefing to inform him about Fang, prompting him to cut all ties and disavow her. Fang fled the country and returned to China shortly thereafter.
Tucker Carlson weighs in
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has gone round and round with Swalwell in the past over the Russia collusion narrative, shared the irony of the revelations about Swalwell with his viewers.
Carlson noted that Swalwell has been a “reliable source” of Chinese propaganda and supposed enemy of foreign interference efforts. “You may remember he spent years accusing President Trump of working for a hostile power. The irony is overwhelming,” he said, adding, “It’s always those who have the most to hide who attack other people for the very things they’ve done.”
The Fox host concluded, “At this very moment, Eric Swalwell — who has used his office to promote Beijing’s talking points almost word-for-word; a man who admits to a close personal relationship with an actual Chinese spy who helped him get elected to Congress, raised money for him and put an intern (probably another spy) in his office — continues to serve on the House Intelligence Committee, where he has unrestricted access to classified information. How is this happening?”