House Republicans sent a letter on December 15th to Nancy Pelosi asking that Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell be removed from the House Intelligence Committee. Much of the mainstream media has downplayed or ignored the controversy surrounding a prominent politician who might have been compromised by a foreign spy.
Axios published a bombshell report that an Asian woman by the name of Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, targeted up-and-coming politicians across the country and in the bay area, focusing on those who specifically had the potential to make it big on the national stage. Notably, Fang Fang forged ties with Eric Swalwell, an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 15th congressional district since 2013.
Eric Swalwell, who in the past has repeatedly made claims about President Trump being a “Russian Agent," has ignored and refused to address the extent of his relationship to Fang.
According to Axios, investigators became so worried by Fang’s actions and behavior that they reached out to Swalwell in 2015 and gave him a “defensive briefing” concerning Fang. Eric Swalwell then reportedly cut off all ties with Fang and has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Fang, not surprisingly, left the country in middle of 2015 while the investigation was ongoing. She did not respond to multiple attempts by World Wire News to reach her by email and Social Media.
Utah Rep. Chris Stewart, amongst other Republicans member of the House Intelligence Committee, are pushing for Swalwell to have to answer more questions about what happened with Fang or to leave the committee. Chris Stewart listed several other questions he would like answers to: “How was it that she helped you raise money and that we now know that another Chinese citizen were donating to your campaign? How did she find out she was under investigation, and why did she suddenly leave the country?” Stewart continued and said Fang “wasn’t just a girl that he grew up with down the street. She was a Chinese student. She had just barely come to the United States. She was so aggressive in developing relationships with politicians, she helped him raise money. For heaven’s sakes, how does a college student have the capacity to help a member of Congress raise money?” Stewart finished by saying there were “all sorts of red flags on this.”
The cultivation of relationships with lower-level political figures like is a “long game” tactic of Chinese espionage, the FBI feels. And the Bay Area makes a particularly attractive target for the foreign government, given the concentration of the tech industry and the large Chinese-American population. Axios explained that “Close relationships between a U.S. elected official and a covert Chinese intelligence operative can provide the Chinese government with opportunities to sway the opinion of key decision-makers.”