Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell was recently found out to have been sleeping with a known Chinese spy.
To make matters worse, Swalwell is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and also ran for the 2020 presidency.
The FBI held a briefing to inform House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the incident and, naturally, she is trying everything she can to turn attention away from the fact one of their members is wrapped up in this scandal.
But Republicans are turning up the heat.
During an appearance on Fox News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told host Maria Bartiromo that Swalwell should be forced to resign from his position on the committee.
“One thing I know for sure — I had questions about whether he should. That’s the one question that was answered, he should not be on Intel,” he said, citing the information he received from the FBI briefing. “There is no way Eric Swalwell should continue to serve on the Intel Committee.”
McCarthy on Fox on FBI briefing on Swalwell: It was just the speaker, Nancy Pelosi and myself. It was a very thorough briefing. No one that was in that room could walk out and say, Eric Swalwell should be on the Intel Committee.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 20, 2020
According to McCarthy, the decision would just be common sense.
“I’m going to request that every single member on the House Intelligence Committee gets the exact same briefing from the FBI that I did,” he continued.
Take a look:
The Hill reports:
McCarthy called for the briefing following a recent report from Axios stating that Christine Fang, who also goes by Fang Fang, targeted Swalwell along with a number of other high-profile California Democrats.
According to the Axios’s report, Fang allegedly helped fundraise for Swalwell during his 2014 reelection campaign and helped place an unpaid intern inside his office.
Fox News adds:
“Rep. Swalwell, long ago, provided information about this person — whom he met more than eight years ago, and whom he hasn’t seen in nearly six years — to the FBI,” Swalwell’s office told Axios. They added that Swalwell “will not participate” in the story out of concerns about possible classified information.
According to the Axios report, Fang and Swalwell had been linked since his days as a Dublin City, Calif. councilmember, prior to his election to Congress in 2012. According to the report, she had helped fundraise for his 2014 campaign and placed at least one intern in his office.
Investigators reportedly gave Swalwell a defensive briefing in 2015, and he cut ties with Fang soon after.
Watch McCarthy’s response to the FBI briefing below: