FBI to brief McCarthy on Rep. Swalwell ties to suspected Chinese spy
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) asked why Democrats “cannot admit that China is an adversary to the United States” on Friday’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” when discussing the ongoing scandal of fellow California Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) and his ties to a Chinese spy, Fox News reports.
“What do the communist Chinese have on the Democrats that is so powerful, so powerful that they focused on a person when he was a city council member, bundled money for him to become a member of Congress,” McCarthy told the “Fox & Friends” co-hosts.
Furthermore, he added that the FBI will shortly brief him on the matter after the initial meeting was canceled on short notice.
“I will not give up,” McCarthy emphasized.
Already, the House Republicans leader has called for Swalwell to be “removed from Congress.”
Talking with “Fox & Friends,” McCarthy called for the removal of Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee and said the Democrats’ habit of siding against Republicans on China-related issues “raises so many more questions.”
“This person got on to the intel committee. Did somebody lobby for him? And in his first year, his committee was overseeing the CIA? And then at the same time, he ran for president,” he said.
It was first reported last week by Axios that Christine Fang, otherwise known as Fang Fang, pretended to be an exchange student and ventured to the U.S. to build relationships with politicians on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Swalwell was one of her highest-profile targets, whom she met when he was still a city councilman in the East Bay city of Dublin almost 10 years ago.
McCarthy, it should be noted, emphasized that Swalwell’s ties with a Chinese spy is not a matter of partisanship, but rather a “national security” issue. Moreover, McCarthy said that when a Chinese spy infiltrates the U.S. intelligence committee, they can “learn and keep the secrets of the country.”
“We have Nancy Pelosi, who just last year said it was a diversion to focus on China. You got the Democrat armed service chair who literally sat on the floor of Congress, that it was not China’s job to warn us about the virus. You got Adam Schiff, the now chairman of the intel committee, saying it was just escalation, that it was wrong that we close that consulate of China, it raises so many more questions,” McCarthy said.
“There are 200 other Democrat members of Congress. You’re going to tell me one of those other 200 are not better to be on the intel committee than Swalwell? I’m asked for this briefing today because I have a lot of questions,” he continued. “The Democrats backed out of the bipartisan task force on China last year, on the day before we are announcing it? Why? Why can you allow Swalwell to stay on this committee and cheat the American public? It is justified that we look at, and save our national security.”
Swalwell gained some national attention when he ran for president in 2020, but his long-shot campaign was overshadowed by the dozens of other Democrats, many with greater name recognition, in the unprecedentedly crowded field. Ultimately, he suspended his short-lived campaign in July 2019 after the first round of debates.
Swalwell was also a vocal advocate of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe into the now-debunked allegations that then-candidate Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign engaged in collusion with Russians.
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