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House Nancy Pelosi has doubled down on her attempts to deflect from Rep. Eric Swalwell’s Chinese spy scandal and divert attention back onto Republicans.
Speaking on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked whether Pelosi had known about Swalwell’s activities and questioned why she was allowing him to continue his tenure on the House Intelligence Committee.
A spokesperson for the speaker responded the next day by delivering a rambling statement to the New York Post accusing McCarthy of “kowtowing to QAnon.”
“Minority Leader McCarthy is trying to distract from his continued kowtowing to QAnon and his refusal to heed the call of the Anti-Defamation League to refuse to seat his QAnon members on congressional committees, including critical national security committees,” Pelosi’s spokesperson said.
“The speaker has full confidence in Congressman Swalwell’s service in the Congress and on the Intelligence Committee,” the spokesperson added, confirming that the speaker intends to keep the Democrat lawmaker on the committee despite all the conflicts of interest.
Pelosi went on to repeat this same sentiment in her own words during her weekly press briefing Thursday, telling reporters that McCarthy is trying “to deflect attention from the fact that he has QAnon in his delegation over there.”
“You know what he’s trying to do? He’s trying to deflect attention from the fact that he has QAnon in his delegation over there. And I think that is a danger in terms of our debate here about what the possibilities are for undue influence to members of Congress,” she said.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 10, 2020
To be clear, there’s no evidence to substantiate the theory that the conspiracy group QAnon has influence on congressional Republicans. There is however plenty of evidence indicating the influence Chinese spies have had on congressional Democrats.
Reporting from Axios this week revealed that Swalwell was among a handful of Democrat politicians who’d developed a relationship with Fang Fang, a Chinese spy who’d been assigned to target up-and-coming politicians in the Bay Area.
“Fang took part in fundraising activity for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign, according to a Bay Area political operative and a current U.S. intelligence official. Swalwell’s office was directly aware of these activities on its behalf, the political operative said,” the outlet reported.
“Federal Election Commission records don’t indicate Fang herself made donations, which are prohibited from foreign nationals. Fang helped place at least one intern in Swalwell’s office, according to those same two people, and interacted with Swalwell at multiple events over the course of several years.”
Swalwall was told about Fang’s illicit ties to the Chinese Communist Party in 2015, after which he reportedly “cut off all ties” to her.
That was the same year that, after winning reelection, the Democrat lawmaker was first assigned by then-Speaker Pelosi to the House Intelligence Committee.
What McCarthy has specifically been trying to determine is when she and Schiff, the committee’s chair, learned of Swalwell’s ties to Fang — and whether or not their knowledge (or lack thereof) affected their decision.
“[China] helps a city council member become a congressman. This congressman now gets on the intel committee. They are only selected from the intel committee by the leaders of their party, meaning Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi is one of the Gang of Eight, along with myself. Did Nancy Pelosi know this had transpired when she put him on the committee?” he said Tuesday on Fox.
And given Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s own links to a Chinese spy, McCarthy has also expressed interest in investigating whether all these links were responsible for the Democrats always seemingly siding with China’s interests.
“Why did the Democrats pull out of the bipartisan China task force I had set up? Why did Speaker Pelosi pull out of that? Why have they denied certain bills that would hold China accountable, that have passed the Senate, not come to the floor?” he said.
The big question now, of course, is why is Pelosi continuing to resist the growing calls for Swalwell to be removed from the House Intelligence Committee.
“I don’t have any concerns about Mr. Swalwell,” she added during the presser Thursday.
Yet Swalwell is the same Democrat lawmaker who spent years accusing President Donald Trump of colluding with Russian operatives — an example of which can be seen below courtesy a video tweet retweeted by McCarthy:
Takes a lot of gall to go on national television, spew unverified lies about the President’s son, all while knowing that you were the one that was actually involved in a years-long coordinated spy operation led by the Chinese Communist Party. https://t.co/AzhzThJnuK
— Michele Perez Exner (@michelepexner) December 9, 2020
Speaking on Fox News’ The Story late Wednesday, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed out the hypocrisy and absurdity of it.
“It was outrageous and irresponsible the way that he conducted himself in the attacks that he made against President Trump. But knowing what we know now, it is even more absurd and ridiculous that he was so willing to do that when he had his own situation,” she said.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 10, 2020
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