House Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday received a closed-door FBI briefing on Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell’s relationship with a suspected Chinese spy, saying afterwards that he thinks Swalwell should not be on the House Intelligence Committee.
“He should not be on Intel,” McCarthy said at the Capitol after the FBI briefing. “I just think there are definitely 200 other Democrats that I know could fill that place.”
Between 2011 and 2015, a suspected Chinese intelligence operative, Christine Fang, developed close relationships with Swalwell and a number of other American politicians as part of a Chinese political intelligence operation.
Last week, Republicans on the intelligence committee demanded answers on Swalwell’s ties to Fang, some even calling for an investigation and for him to be immediately removed from the committee in order to deprive him of the access to classified information that comes with membership on the high-profile panel.
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