GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) this week said he has asked the FBI for a briefing on Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spy Fang Fang – and twice it has been canceled by the FBI.
Pressure is increasing on Swalwell to answer questions about a report that alleged a female Chinese spy named Christine Fang, or Fang Fang, targeted Swalwell between 2011 and 2015 as part of a political intelligence operation.
“Swalwell is a national security liability. This is too important for the FBI to continue to stonewall,” McCarthy said.
I have asked the FBI for a briefing on Rep. Swalwell's ties to a reported-spy from China. Twice it has been scheduled. Twice it has been canceled by the FBI.
Swalwell is a national security liability. This is too important for the FBI to continue to stonewall.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 16, 2020
Fang, as reported by Axios, met Swalwell while he was a council member for Dublin City, California, and she was a Chinese student organizer. She would become a campaign bundler for him and even placed at least one intern in one of his congressional offices.
Axios said Fang’s behavior was so worrisome that the FBI briefed Swalwell about her in 2015, after which he allegedly cut ties with her and she unexpectedly returned to China. However, his father and brother remained Facebook friends with her as recently as last week.
As previously reported by 100% Fed Up:
“Earlier Wednesday they were still friended — years after the FBI flagged her for suspicious activities and the congressman cut her off. Later in the day, following reporting on the connections, their accounts no longer appeared on her friends list,” Fox News reported Wednesday.
“Both Eric Swalwell Sr. and Joshua Falwell were listed as friends on her Facebook account, raising questions about how close Fang was to the congressman,” the Fox report said.
Rep. Eric Swalwell said he severed all ties to Chinese Spy Fang Fang in 2015 after he was briefed by intelligence officials.
His father and brother are still friends with her on Facebook to this day. Swalwell’s dad, also named Eric, liked a picture she posted on March 12, 2020. pic.twitter.com/nMz0PgM4j2
— Katelyn Caralle (@Katelyn_Caralle) December 9, 2020
Swalwell has so far refused to answer whether his relationship with Fang was romantic. The Axios report said Fang had a romantic relationship with at least two unidentified Midwestern mayors.
Swalwell has tried to blame the Trump administration for the story.
“The wrongdoing here, Jim, is that at the same time this story was being leaked out is the time that I was working on impeachment on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees,” he told CNN Newsroom last week. Axios reporter Jonathan Swan called that explanation “absurd.”
Pressure is also rising on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to address the issue. On Tuesday, a group of top House Republicans sent a letter to Pelosi asking her to remove Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee. The letter said:
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. 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.
Pelosi said last week she had no concerns about Swalwell.
McCarthy has questioned when Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) knew about Swalwell being targeted by a suspected Chinese spy and why Democrats have not been more aggressive towards China.
He noted on Fox News Channel’s Ingraham Angle on December 8 that Pelosi selects Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee, and is a member of the “Gang of Eight” that gets briefed on intelligence matters by the intelligence community. He said:
Did Nancy Pelosi know this had transpired when she put him on the committee? We have our Sen., Dianne Feinstein, for two decades, the personal assistant, that hear all the private phone calls in the car and others, a Chinese spy. Why did the Democrats pull out of the bipartisan China task force I had set up? Why did Speaker Pelosi pull out of that? Why have they denied certain bills that would hold China accountable, that have passed the Senate, not come to the floor? Why do they focus on Silicon Valley members of Congress? Why is he still on the Intel. Committee? Why is he still a member of Congress? Did Adam Schiff know, as chairman of that committee, that he had this problem?”
Rep. Eric Swalwell has years-long ties with a reported spy from China. Did Nancy Pelosi know that when she appointed him to the House Intelligence Committee? pic.twitter.com/phxYWT7Yf5
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 9, 2020
McCarthy also questioned, on FNC’s Fox & Friends December 10, why Swalwell attacked Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe for warning about Chinese spying and how Swalwell was able to join the intelligence committee as a sophomore:
…Why did he attack the American Director of Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s report, talking about the expansion of China spying throughout? Just last week, he attacked the director, John Ratcliffe, defending China. This man should not be in the Intel Committee.
Adam Schiff, who has spent four years as chair, worried about the foreign intervention into our country, knowingly keep an individual on the committee, if he knew — as Swalwell says — that he was with a Chinese individual who was a spy, who helped him run for Congress? Then the other question is did anybody influence getting a sophomore member on to the Intel Committee?
If you're a Democrat Member of Congress and you vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker on January 3rd, you're also voting to put Eric Swalwell back on the Intel Committee. pic.twitter.com/CFWbIQ7CRN
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 13, 2020
To date, Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee and has access to highly classified information, has not answered questions about his relationship with Fang Fang.
McCarthy said Swalwell should be removed from the House Intel Committee and ultimately removed from Congress.
The same FBI that spared no resources hunting down Trump and his associates over a nonexistent Russian threat are now stonewalling oversight of a very real threat from the Chinese Communists.