As if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi didn’t have enough to worry about following the Democrats’ staggering losses to Republicans in the 2020 election, she now has another problem and its name is Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).
According to the Washington Examiner, after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was finished with a briefing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he ordered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to remove Swalwell from the intelligence committee.
“The Intel Committee is a special committee. It’s a committee that keeps our secrets. It’s a committee that knows our secrets. It’s a committee that has a lot of information that members of Congress do not,” McCarthy said, before taking a jab at Pelosi for seating Swalwell on the secretive committee.
At the crux of the developing controversy is a woman by the name of Fang Fang. She helped a number of Democrats raise money for election runs, including Swalwell. The nature of their relationship hasn’t been confirmed, but many believe Fang was romantically involved with Swalwell at the time.
U.S. intelligence officials made Swalwell aware of Fang’s status as a Chinese spy in 2015, just a year after his reelection campaign. However, Swalwell admitted in a recent CNN interview that he was made aware of her communist ties as early as 2014, raising even more questions about the true timeline of events.
After McCarthy’s FBI briefing, the ranking House Republican said that “it only raised more questions. The one thing that was fundamentally answered was that he should not be on Intel.”
In light of the new revelations of Swalwell’s relationship with Fang, with many believing that the Congressman is now compromised, 17 Republican lawmakers urged Pelosi in a letter this week to, at the very least, remove Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee.
Pelosi was also briefed by the FBI this week, according to The Hill. Prior to the briefing, Swalwell’s potentially compromised position didn’t seem to phase her, though that could theoretically change after what she might have learned in the briefing.
Either way, the pressure for Pelosi to remove the young California lawmaker from one of the most critical committees in Congress is mounting. Hopefully, she puts politics aside for three seconds and makes the right move.