17 Republican House members have sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi Tuesday urging her to “immediately remove” Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee.
This is in response to reports over his past ties to a spy from China, who networked with up-and-coming American officials and allegedly slept with a pair of Midwestern mayors.
“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 letter reads.
This committee “handles some of the most sensitive information our government possesses—information critical to our national defense,” the letter continued, “we urge you to immediately remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on the House Intelligence Committee.”
This comes only a few days after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on the news that Swalwell should be removed from the intelligence committee. “I did not know about that but this goes much deeper than this; the intel committee is different than any other committee,” McCarthy said last week.
“This man should not be in the intel committee. He’s jeopardizing national security, what is being said in those meetings inside the SCIF that you don’t want other people to hear or listen.”
Pelosi defended Swalwell at her news conference last week. She stated, “I don’t have any concern about Mr. Swalwell.”
“In the spring of 2015 the leadership of the House and the committee were informed that overtures from a Chinese person were being made to members of Congress; when that was made known to the members of Congress, it was over.”
Swalwell is not accused of committing any crimes, after the FBI gave him a defensive briefing about Fang’s suspected activities in 2015, he cut off communication with Fang.