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FBI to brief McCarthy on Rep. Swalwell ties to suspected Chinese spy

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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.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Taiwan President Confirms US Troops Are In The Country To Help Protect Against China

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During a CNN interview on Wednesday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed that U.S. troops were on the ground in Taiwan to assist in strengthening the country’s defenses as the threat from China is “increasing every day.”

Tsai told CNN’s Will Ripley that the situation has gone south in recent years as “China’s plan towards the region” has become “very different.”

“That plan includes war threats over Taiwan, clashes with Japan and the East China Sea and militarizing manmade islands in the South China Sea, posing a direct challenge to seven decades of U.S. military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific,” Ripley said. “In response, the U.S. ramped up arms sales to Taiwan, selling the island $5 billion in weapons last year. President Tsai confirms exclusively to CNN, U.S. support goes beyond selling weapons. Does that support include sending some U.S. service members to help train Taiwanese troops?”

“Well, yes,” Tsai responded. “We have a wide range of cooperation with the U.S., aiming at increasing our defense capability.”

Later in the interview, Ripley asked, “Do you have faith that the United States would defend Taiwan if the Mainland were to try to move on Taiwan?”

“I do have faith, and given the long-term relationship that we have the U.S. and also the support the people of the U.S., as well as the Congress, and the administration has been very helpful,” Tsai said, later adding that Taiwan needs to “expedite our military reform so that we have the ability to defend ourselves. And given the size of Taiwan compared to the size of [China], developing asymmetric capability is the key for us.”

Tsai’s comments come a few weeks after China sent over 150 military planes into Taiwanese air space, the largest incursion ever by the Communist country.

“The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that,” Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told ABC Australia in response to China’s aggression.

“If China is going to launch a war against Taiwan we will fight to the end, and that is our commitment. I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”

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