(UnitedVoice.com) – For nearly four years, the Chinese government ran covert operations inside the United States, and in at least one instance, it appears got close to an influential Democratic US Congressman.
During the height of the Obama administration from 2011-2015, Chinese national Christine Fang, also known as Fang Fang, got close to and helped rising political stars purportedly with hopes of getting information out of them once they were in higher offices. Republicans in Congress have a lot of questions and want swift action.
One could almost imagine a movie script. Fang got close to two Democratic mayors by helping them raise money for their campaigns and sexual relationships. However, the top target was Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). When he first ran for Congress, Fang raised money for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign and helped place at least one intern in Swalwell’s office. The Congressman serves on the prestigious and highly sensitive House Intelligence Committee.
It’s not uncommon for foreign governments to try to gain access to elected officials. However, what makes this case so intriguing is that the California Democrat was a leading antagonizer of President Trump. Swalwell was on television, often whaling recklessly against the president for the supposed Russian collusion, which was proven false.
Was Swalwell Compromised?
According to a December 8 Axios report, a US intelligence official said it’s unlikely Fang got any classified information to pass along to the Chinese. However, that may not have been her role. She could have been researching political figures like Swalwell.
Often, Chinese spies are looking to collect private information about a government official. They learn their habits, social networks, and preferences. They also seek to learn about rumors that could be leveraged to a Chinese advantage.
Swalwell denies he did anything wrong and says he cut ties with Fang in 2015.
Republicans Want Answers and Action
After Axios broke the story, Republicans went into high gear searching for answers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was aware of the circumstances and didn’t have reservations or concerns about Swalwell. Additionally, she knew about the allegations and still appointed him to the sensitive House Intelligence Committee.
Why? Could you imagine the outcry if it were a Republican?
Republicans are outraged at the sheer hypocrisy after suffering through four years of allegations of Russian collusion, an impeachment over a call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine, and the continual harassment of the Trump administration – some at Swalwell’s hands.
On Tuesday, December 15, seventeen House Republicans wrote a letter to Pelosi demanding she removes Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee immediately. They allege the California Democrat poses a national security risk over his closeness with a suspected Chinese intelligence operative. The Republicans acknowledged Swalwell’s interactions could be unintentional. However, due to the committee’s sensitive classified work, the Republicans said the national security risk is “unacceptable.”
Prominent GOP members signed the letter, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY).
As of Wednesday morning, neither Pelosi nor her office has commented or taken any action.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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