House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy is planning to introduce legislation to have Democrat Eric Swalwell removed from the House Intelligence Committee over his connection to an alleged Chinese spy. A recent bombshell report from Axios detailed Swalwell’s relationship with suspected spy Christine Fang who worked to fundraise for Swalwell’s election campaign and also placed at least one intern in his office.
According to reports from The Hill:
“Pelosi just reappointed Eric Swalwell to the Intelligence Committee. Based on the briefing she and I received together, Swalwell should not be on the panel in charge of guarding our nation’s secrets. Next week, I will offer a resolution to remove him from the Intel Committee,” he tweeted on Friday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) previously said she didn’t have “any concern” about Swalwell’s ability to serve on the Intelligence Committee
Swalwell — who was one of the most vocal critics of former President Trump and played a leading role in the impeachment efforts — has asserted he feels the GOP’s attacks are politically motivated.
McCarthy’s pledge comes as each party announced assignments to the committee, one of the last to formally assemble each Congress. The new Republicans on the committee were Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Trent Kelly (Miss.), Darin LaHood (Ill.) and Markwayne Mullin (Okla.), and Reps. Jason Crowe (Colo.) and Jim Cooper (Tenn.) were the new Democratic additions to the committee.
Republicans have been calling for Swalwell’s removal from the intelligence committee since reports first leaked