Speaker under fire for keeping Eric Swalwell on House Intelligence Committee
Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she kept Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. on the House Intelligence Committee after reports he was targeted by a Chinese Spy.
“There are 230 [House] Democrats, and you mean to tell me she cannot find a single one that didn’t date a Chinese spy?” Gowdy told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.
Gowdy expressed frustration for Pelosi’s handling of the matter because “we listened to him for years.”
“He berated Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. for meeting with a Russian lawyer — not dating one, meeting with one,” he recounted.
“And then he berates Devin Nunes for a phone call with Lev Parnas, and he calls the president an agent of Russia.”
Swalwell has refused to say whether he had a sexual relationship with Fang.
“Meanwhile, for four years, the guy is not smart enough to know he’s being played by a Chinese spy?” he asked again.
“That’s the best Nancy Pelosi could do? At 230 members, the best you can come up with is a former city councilman in California who’s not smart enough to know when a woman is expressing interest in you, [whether] she’s a spy?”
“Unfortunately, I know him. This is the same guy that ran for president, so he’s not known for his self-awareness,” Gowdy said.
“I need to hear from the FBI and the director of national intelligence. What did you all have?”
“I mean, you went to a sitting member of Congress [and] said, ‘Look, you probably should not be having any new faces in your life.’ What did they tell him?
“And I don’t think Swalwell has denied having a relationship with her [suspected spy Fang Fang]. He said it was classified.”
“I’ll be damned if I know what that means: All you’ve got to say is ‘I didn’t sleep with her,’ Eric. That’s all you got to say.”
The California Congressman also accepted a total of $6,000 from Chinese Communist Party employee Victoria Li, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, the National Pulse reported.
The FBI briefed Swalwell about Fang’s “worrisome” behavior in 2015 before she returned to China.
Swalwell has since attempted to deflect the story on the Trump administration.
Earlier this year, Swalwell also downplayed the threat from Chinese interference in the 2020 election.
“There is only one country that has a preferred candidate that they are willing to actually help, and the assessment is that Russia is trying to help Donald Trump and to tear down Joe Biden,” he said.
“They are truly trying to conflate threats, I believe, to protect the president.”