House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called Thursday for his chamber to remove Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee, saying Americans “deserve to know their government is not vulnerable.”
“I want all members to ask this one question: Should a member who can’t get a security clearance in the private sector sit on the House Intelligence Committee?” McCarthy said in an afternoon speech on the House floor. “By adopting my resolution, we will show that we have our priorities straight.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who reappointed the California Democrat to the committee last week, has refused to accommodate the demand by McCarthy and other Republicans to remove Swalwell.
The GOP has increasingly pressed this issue since December’s revelation that Swalwell associated with a suspected Chinese spy, Christine Fang, or Fang Fang, in the early 2010s. The FBI warned Swalwell about Fang in 2015, and she subsequently fled back to China.
Swalwell, who joined the House in 2013, has refused to provide details of his relationship with Fang, saying it was “classified.”
He has also said that he does not know what happened to her, though his father and brother remained friends with Fang on Facebook until mid-December.
“Meet the New McCarthyism,” Swalwell wrote on Twitter on Thursday, speaking in reference to McCarthy’s resolution. “Multiple sentences in resolution state ‘Swalwell has not denied…’ Yet fails to include multiple FBI statements of ‘no wrongdoing’ and did nothing but ‘cooperate.’”
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