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Rep. Matt Gaetz compared allowing Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell to remain on the House Intelligence Committee to putting disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl, on an ethics panel.
“Keeping Eric Swalwell on the Intelligence Committee is like putting Anthony Weiner on the Ethics Committee,” the Florida Republican wrote Monday on Twitter.
Republicans have called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove Swalwell from the committee after revelations surfaced that he was connected to a suspected Chinese spy.
“Because of Rep. Swalwell’s position on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, his close interactions with Chinese intelligence services, however unintentional they may be, are an unacceptable national security risk,” said a letter signed by 17 GOP lawmakers, including Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the House, has also said Swalwell (D-Calif.) should be pulled from the Intelligence Committee.
He said he had received a briefing by the FBI about Swalwell that “raised more questions.”
“The one thing that was fundamentally answered was he should not be on Intel,” McCarthy said.
The GOP lawmakers pointed out that the panel is privy to classified and sensitive information about the national defense.
Axios reported the connection between Swalwell and suspected spy, Fang Fang, who also went by the name Christina Fang.
She entered the US as a college student in 2011 and quickly set out to cozy up to a number of politicians, including two Midwestern mayors she allegedly slept with, to gather information and gain influence.
Fang first met Swalwell when he was a city councilman in Dublin, Calif., and went on to help him raise funds for his 2014 campaign.
Swalwell has refused to deny having slept with Fang Fang.
Federal agents who had been investigating Fang briefed Swalwell about her in 2015.
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