GOP members of Congress demand answers from FBI on Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spy

Washington Examiner by Joseph Simonson

A group of 14 Republican lawmakers want FBI Director Christopher Wray to brief them on all the facts about Rep. Eric Swalwell’s relationship with Fang Fang, a suspected intelligence asset of the Chinese Communist Party.

“As our nation faces a growing security threat from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) attempts to infiltrate and undermine the United States Government, we write to request a full briefing regarding counterintelligence threats to Members of Congress, including information related to Representative Eric Swalwell’s ties to a suspected intelligence operative,” the letter reads. “This potential breach of our national security is especially concerning due to Rep. Swalwell’s position as a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, where Members have access to our nation’s most sensitive classified information.”

Since a December Axios story reported the identity of Fang (and her subsequent efforts at cozying up to Democratic politicians such as Swalwell), Republicans have sharply criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for failing to discipline the Democratic lawmaker.

A December letter from Republican House members demanded that Swalwell be removed from his seat on the House Intelligence Committee.

“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 in unacceptable and dangerous,” the letter read.

Other Republicans, such as Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, have reacted to the revelations a step further and have called for Swalwell to leave Congress altogether.

“He was the most over-the-top critic of President Trump on Russia collusion, and it turns out he’s sleeping with a Chinese spy,” Paul said in a December interview. “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.”

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