McCarthy Calls on FBI to Brief Full Intel Committee on Swalwell’s Ties to Alleged Chinese Spy
House Chairman Kevin McCarthy said Sunday that all members of the House Intelligence Committee should receive a classified FBI briefing on Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell's relationship with a suspected Chinese spy.
McCarthy received an open FBI message Friday about Swalwell's close ties to Christine Fang, a suspected Chinese intelligence agency, stating that he believes Swalwell shouldn't be on the House Intelligence Committee.
"I'm going to ask that every single member of the House Intelligence Committee receive exactly the same briefing from the FBI as I do," McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday. “Because when this person sits on this committee - Eric Swalwell - they have seen the background of what was going on. I can't talk about the classified part, but you know what's in the press. "
"No one in this room could go out and say Eric Swalwell should be on the Intel Committee," McCarthy said of the briefing. "I don't know - they had a briefing in 2015 and I don't know how that briefing was compared to this one, but it couldn't have been the same."
Between 2011 and 2015, Fang developed close relationships with Swalwell, pooling donations for the emerging legislature, and even hiring an intern to his office.
Since Swalwell's ties to Fang came to light earlier this month, Republicans on the Intelligence Committee have been demanding answers, some even calling for an investigation and demanding that he be removed from the committee immediately to deny him access to classified information with membership on the high profile panel.
Fang, believed to have acted at the behest of the Chinese Department of State Security, helped raise funds for Swalwell's 2014 re-election campaign and helped place at least one intern in the California Democrat's office.
Fang also had romantic or sexual relationships with at least two mayors of the Midwest over a period of three years. Swalwell, who married shortly after in 2016, declined this week to answer questions about whether his relationship with Fang was sexual or romantic.
In 2015, federal investigators notified Swalwell of their concern about catch. At that point, he said he had severed all ties with her. However, Swalwell's brother and father stayed connected to Fang on Facebook.
Swalwell said Tuesday that he had not committed any wrongdoing and expressed confidence that the controversy would not jeopardize his seat on the House Intelligence Committee.
"The only response I got from this briefing was that there was no way Eric Swalwell should continue serving on the Intel committee," added McCarthy, noting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was removing Swalwell from the committee would have to if he refused to take a step down.
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