House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has made a move—he’s pushing to have California Representative Eric Swalwell removed from the House Intelligence Committee.
McCarthy believes that Swalwell is a major national security risk because he was a in a relationship with a Chinese spy. “His conduct makes clear he has no place serving on the committee in charge of America’s top secrets,” McCarthy tweeted.
In a two-page resolution, McCarthy wrote that Swalwell “has not denied public reporting that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative helped raise money for Representative Swalwell’s political campaigns” and “other troublesome elements of public reporting.”
Axios had reported on Swalwell’s sexual relationship with Chinese spy Christina Fang months ago. Fang is now believed to have returned home and fled the United States.
Despite Swallow’s office saying that he had provided information on Fang, McCarthy isn’t satisfied. “A member of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect credibly on the House,” the resolution states.
Speaking on the House floor, he continued pushing for Swallow to be removed from the committee.
“I have grave concerns about the current composition of the Intelligence Committee. The intel committee handles our nation’s highest secrets, it has access to information that most members do not see,” he said.
“Should a member who cannot get a security clearance in the private sector sit on the House Intelligence Committee?” he asked. “The American people deserve to know that their government is not vulnerable. By adopting my resolution, we will show that we have our priorities straight. I urge my colleagues to support it and I will.”
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