House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday, March 18, filed a petition aimed at removing Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for his known ties to the Chinese spy identified as Fang Fang.
The petition states that Swalwell, “has not denied public reporting that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative helped raise money for Swalwell’s political campaigns” and “other troublesome elements of public reporting.”
The petition seeking Swalwell’s removal from his position on the Intelligence Committee was obtained by Fox News and posted by journalist Mike Emanuel on his Twitter account.
#FoxNews has obtained this Resolution seeking Congressman Eric Swalwell’s removal from the House Intelligence Committee. TBD on timing in terms of when Leader McCarthy will seek to force a vote on the House Floor. pic.twitter.com/FpX7vd9Nz5
— Mike Emanuel 🇺🇸 (@MikeEmanuelFox) March 18, 2021
As reported by Fox News, after McCarthy introduces the resolution on the House floor, the body must consider it immediately or within two legislative days. It is not yet entirely clear whether the resolution will be introduced on Thursday. Because Democrats will likely seek to “postpone” the resolution, which would set it aside without an actual vote on the merits of the resolution.
The Chinese national known as Fang Fang, or Christine Fang, targeted promising local politicians across the country who had the potential to succeed on the national stage.
It was reported that through campaign fundraising, personal charisma, and even using romantic or sexual relationships, Fang was able to get close to political power.
As reported on Dec. 8 by Axios, she had at least two mayors and one of the youngest members of the House, Eric Swalwell, as romantic targets before disappearing from the country after being sought by the FBI.
Among her activities Fang raised funds for the re-election Swalwell and accompanied him by interacting with him at various events, as well as placing an insider in his office.
Since the extensive relationship between Swalwell and spy Fang Fang was discovered, concerns about Chinese Communist Party (CCP) infiltration of the government have been growing.
Recently, a group of House Republicans called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to hold a briefing on the results of the investigation into Swalwell’s relationship with CCP spy Fang Fang and the extent of the CCP operative’s involvement with members of Congress. But there has yet to be a response.
McCarthy signaled last week that he would introduce a resolution to remove Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee, and yesterday he kept his word.
“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.” McCarthy said in a tweet.
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.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 12, 2021