17 top House Republicans sent a letter on Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell to be removed from the House Intelligence Committee following reports about his relationship with a suspected Chinese spy.
The group of Republican lawmakers, led by Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, called for Swalwell to be removed from the committee after a Dec. 7 report published by Axios show that Chrisine Fang, the suspected spy, became close with the Democratic lawmaker and participated in his 2014 reelection campaign.
Fang is also accused of having an affair with at least two U.S. mayors.
Fang reportedly put an intern in Swalwell’s congressional office. The Democrat was informed of Fang’s suspected ties in 2015 by the FBI by a “defensive briefing.” Swalwell has continued to deny any wrongdoing.
“We write to you today out of concern with Congressman Eric Swalwell’s reported, close contacts with a Chinese Communist Party spy recently reported by Axios. Because of Rep. Swalwell’s position on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, his close interactions with Chinese intelligence services, however unintentional they may be, are an unacceptable national security risk,” the Republicans told Pelosi in a letter first obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“HPSCI handles some of the most sensitive information our government possesses — information critical to our national defense. As such, we urge you to immediately remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on the House Intelligence Committee,” the letter stated.
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“The House Intelligence Committee is instrumental in overseeing our national effort to counteract our chief global rival’s espionage initiatives; for one of its members to have had an undisclosed relationship with a foreign asset in the manner described by recent reports is unacceptable and dangerous,” the letter to Pelosi read. “For consistency’s sake, and more importantly, for the sake of our national security, you must remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on HPSCI.”