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McCarthy files resolution to remove Swalwell from intel committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy filed a resolution Thursday to remove Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee over his ties to a suspected Chinese spy, Axios has reported.

According to documents obtained by Fox News, Swalwell “has not denied public reporting that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative helped raise money for Representative Swalwell’s political campaigns” and “other troublesome elements of public reporting.”

The document is calling for Swalwell to be removed from his committee assignment “in light of conduct he has exhibited.”

“Meet the New McCarthyism,” Swalwell tweeted in response to the resolution.

“Multiple sentences in resolution state “Swalwell has not denied…” Yet fails to include multiple FBI statements of “no wrongdoing” and did nothing but “cooperate.” All of this to deflect from @GOPLeader’s support for QAnon.”

McCarthy and other Republicans have been calling for Swalwell’s removal for months and argue that he is a national security threat due to his former ties with an alleged Chinese spy.

“Based upon the information I was given and the speaker was given by the FBI, there is no way he should be on that committee at all,” McCarthy told Punchbowl News.

Swalwell’s connection with Fang Fang, an alleged Chinese spy, was revealed in December by Axios. It was reported that Fang Fang helped raise money for Swalwell’s campaign and placed one or more interns in Swalwell’s office.

Despite the controversy, Swalwell was named one of the House impeachment managers for the second Senate trial of former President Donald Trump and was recently reappointed to the intel panel by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Swalwell said his interactions with Fang Fang were “something that congressional leadership knew about it” and that he is no longer in contact with Fang Fang. Swalwell has yet to be accused of any wrongdoing by federal investigators.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea

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The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.

The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.

According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

 

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