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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Reportedly President Joe Biden is making deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help improve anti-drug trafficking measures. China is one of the top fentanyl producers and distributors, culminating in a pandemic of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the United States.
The Biden administration will be lifting sanctions on a Chinese government ministry, in exchange for bolstering anti-drug trafficking measures, Bloomberg reported. “We’re hoping to see some progress on that issue this coming week,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday, according to the New York Post. “That could then open the door to further cooperation on other issues where we aren’t just managing things, but we’re actually delivering tangible results.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation noted that should a deal materialize, it will be at least the third time that China has promised to get tough on fentanyl. In 2016, China agreed to increase counter-narcotics operations, and Xi again agreed to launch a crackdown in 2018. Nonetheless, China and Mexico are “the primary source countries for fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked directly into the United States,” according to a 2020 DEA intelligence report.
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President Joe Biden and Xi are meeting for the first time in over a year during this week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco. Sources familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will crack down on Chinese companies manufacturing chemical precursors for fentanyl in exchange for the U.S. lifting sanctions on the Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science, which the Commerce Department added to the Entity List in 2020 for “engaging in human rights violations and abuses” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
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