Rep. McCarthy Files Resolution to Kick Eric Swalwell off Intel Committee
Having survived FartGate unscathed, Rep. Eric Swalwell may finally face consequences for one of his actual scandals.
Axois broke the story in December that Fang Fang, a suspected Chinese spy, had targeted a number of California politicians. Among them was Rep. Swalwell. U.S. officials believe she targeted them as part of a political operation by China’s main civilian spy agenda between 2011-2015. Fang took part in fundraising activity for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign, and his office was aware of these activities. Fang also helped place at least one intern in Swalwell’s office.
Now, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is filing a resolution aimed at removing Swalwell from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is long overdue.
The two-page resolution — obtained by Fox News — says Swalwell, D-Calif., “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 McCarthy, R-Calif., resolution also cites the House rule that “A Member… of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”
Swalwell was not accused of any wrongdoing and cooperated with the FBI when he was informed that Fang was a spy. But he has repeatedly refused to answer questions from Fox News about whether his relationship with Fang was romantic or sexual and nature.
#FoxNews has obtained this Resolution seeking Congressman Eric Swalwell’s removal from the House Intelligence Committee. TBD on timing in terms of when Leader McCarthy will seek to force a vote on the House Floor. pic.twitter.com/FpX7vd9Nz5
— Mike Emanuel 🇺🇸 (@MikeEmanuelFox) March 18, 2021
Swalwell responded by calling this the “New McCarthyism” (pun intended?) in a tweet, before falsely accusing him of “support for QAnon.”
Meet the New McCarthyism. 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. https://t.co/2bsU72ev8H
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 18, 2021
After the resolution is introduced on the House floor, it must be considered either immediately or within two legislative days. Democrats will likely table the resolution. A number of other GOP Reps have voiced support for it.
Rep. Swalwell is compromised by the Chinese Communist Party. He is a national security liability and should have stepped down from the House Intelligence Committee months ago.
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) March 18, 2021
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) March 18, 2021
FACT: Rep. Eric Swalwell has connections to a suspected Chinese Communist Party spy. He cannot be trusted with state secrets.
— Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) March 18, 2021
While Democrats may not be taking this seriously, we all know exactly how they’d react if a Republican politician were potentially compromised by a Russian spy.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York, Debunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate
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