December 16, 2020

House Republicans Call for Removal of Eric Swalwell from Intel Committee 

  • The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

Seventeen GOP members of the House of Representatives wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi, stating that Rep. Eric Swalwell should be removed from the House Intelligence Committee due to his relationship with alleged Chinese spy, Christine Fang. 

The Background:

After news broke of Rep. Eric Swalwell’s relationship with alleged Chinese spy Christine Fang, seventeen House members wrote a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging her to remove Swalwell from his spot on the House Intelligence Committee. The members included Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY), as well as members from Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Wyoming, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. 

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) told the Daily Wire that Pelosi and the House Democrats (including Swalwell) talked for four years about Trump and Russia, calling for the removal of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General due to two meetings with a Russian ambassador, while Swalwell had a personal relationship with a Chinese national accused of espionage. The letter to Pelosi states, “Rep. Swalwell withheld information for five years from the House Intelligence Committee about an ongoing Chinese espionage operation targeted at him and his own colleagues. Obviously, Rep. Swalwell’s interactions with a Chinese spy were more dangerous and unusual than AG Sessions’ meetings with a Russian diplomat.”

Pelosi has stated that she has no concerns about Swalwell’s allegiances. 

Notable Quotes:

“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.” - Excerpt from letter to Nancy Pelosi

“The intel committee is different than any other committee. This man should not be in the intel committee. He's jeopardizing national security, what is being said in those meetings inside the SCIF that you don't want other people to hear or listen." — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

What do you think?
You Might Like