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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is introducing a resolution Thursday calling on Congress to remove Rep. Eric Swalwell from the powerful House Intelligence Committee over his previous ties to an alleged Chinese spy.
The resolution, first reported by Punchbowl News, is not expected to break new ground with Democrats, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has stood by Swalwell (D-Calif.) and re-appointed him to the panel last week, despite the relationship being public knowledge.
Still, McCarthy (R-Calif.) is standing by the effort, telling Punchbowl that the issue “is not about Eric Swalwell. But if an individual could not get a clearance in the private sector, they shouldn’t be on Intel. I don’t think it’s that difficult.”
It was revealed through a bombshell Axios report in December that Swalwell, a member of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, was targeted by a suspected Chinese spy before she fled the country in 2015.
The woman, named Christine Fang, cozied up to a slew of US elected officials, including Swalwell, in a bid to infiltrate the US political system, the outlet reported citing US intelligence officials.
Swalwell, who has gotten married and had two children since his relationship with Fang, has sidestepped questions about whether he had sex with the spy.
The House Democrat’s staff has told The Post previously that such information is “classified.”
Swalwell maintains that he has not had any contact with Fang since the FBI warned him about her in 2015, and has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Following the revelation, House and Senate Republicans began voicing their concerns about Swalwell’s continued membership on the powerful intel panel.
Those who serve on House Intelligence have access to some of the country’s most classified national security secrets — which raised questions about Swalwell’s fitness to serve on the panel.
In addition to declining to revoke the 40-year-old lawmaker’s committee post, Pelosi also add him to the House Committee on Homeland Security just one month after the spy scandal erupted.
Asked about the matter Thursday by Punchbowl, Swalwell said he didn’t want to discuss the issue before calling McCarthy “a 14-carat liar.”
After a Fox News reporter tweeted the two-page resolution, Swalwell took to the social media site to condemn it.
“Meet the New McCarthyism,” he wrote, “Multiple sentences in resolution state ‘Swalwell has not denied…’ Yet fails to include multiple FBI statements of ‘no wrongdoing’ and did nothing but ‘cooperate.’”
“All of this to deflect from @GOPLeader’s support for QAnon,” he continued, an apparent swipe at the House Republican’s acceptance of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who was stripped of her committee assignments by Democrats over her litany of controversial political stances.
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