House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
On Friday, March 12, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted that he would introduce a bill next week to oust Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the Intelligence Committee for posing a threat to U.S. national security in connection with the Chinese Communist spy case.
Earlier the same day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi re-elected the California congressman, who is embroiled in the Spygate scandal, to the intelligence committee.
McCarthy wrote in a tweet, “Based on the briefing we received together, Swalwell should not be on this committee that serves to protect our nation’s secrets. Next week I will introduce a resolution to get him off that committee.”
McCarthy’s spokesman said McCarthy will submit the resolution as early as next Tuesday (March 16), after which the House will vote on it and whether to force Swalwell to leave the House committee.
But Pelosi said on March 12 that she was not worried about Swalwell staying on the intelligence committee.
Axios.com reported last year that Christine Fang, a Chinese Communist Party agent, had sexual relationships with several U.S. politicians. She has made Swalwell a priority “grooming target. When Swofford ran for re-election in 2014, Fang unknowingly helped him raise money. Fang Fang had an intern in Swalwell’s office in 2015. She left the U.S. after being investigated and never returned.
Pelosi and McCarthy obtained intelligence briefings on Fang Fang last December, and McCarthy had been harshly critical of Swalwell in a media interview, the report said.
Swalwell had served on the House National Security Committee from 2012 to 2014 before the Fang Fang issue. Swalwell has been a critic of the former U.S. president, and he was active in the Democrats’ second impeachment of Trump.