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Swalwell joining homeland security committee despite Chinese spy scandal

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) is joining the House Committee on Homeland Security just one month after Axios revealed the former presidential candidate had been targeted by a Chinese spy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tapped Swalwell to rejoin the committee, where he is prepared to fight the “scourge of white nationalist extremism,” according to a Twitter post. Swalwell was in hot water in the past weeks for his relationship with Fang Fang (also known as Christine Fang)—the Chinese spy had attended several campaign events and aided in fundraising efforts for the Congressman’s 2014 re-election. Swalwell will not say if he had sex with Fang, but his family members are still connected with her on Facebook, as reported by the New York Post.

“My committee memberships—along with my experience as a prosecutor and as the son and brother of law enforcement officers—will give me a unique opportunity to delve into one of America’s most serious national security threats,” Swalwell wrote in a Twitter post—referring to white supremacy.

Fang had slept with multiple elected officials in California, in an alleged effort to infiltrate the American political system. Fang is directly responsible for at least one intern placement in Swalwell’s office.

The Homeland Security committee oversees legislation on United States security as well as the US Department of Homeland Security.

Pelosi has stood by the congressman through the controversy.

“In the election, the American people elected a Democratic House Majority that not only will ensure that our nation recovers from this historic pandemic and economic crisis, but will Build Back Better,” Pelosi said in a statement. 

Swalwell still sits on the House Intelligence Committee, as well.

As Pelosi begins yet another term as speaker of the house, she is making it clear that relationships and possible incriminating contact with China and Chinese spies is not a breaking point for important positions in her congress.

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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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