For the second time in a week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation canceled a planned briefing on Rep. Eric Swalwell and his reported relationship with a Chinese spy.
A scheduled meeting for Tuesday was “abruptly canceled” according to Sean Davis of The Federalist who tweeted that the FBI’s briefing of congressional leadership did not take place as planned. The briefing with Alan Kohler, FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, was ditched “at the last second,” prompting plenty of questions about what the agency is hiding.
Swalwell has come under scrutiny after reports of his entanglement with a suspected spy, Christine Fang, who targeted local politicians including Swalwell and at least two Midwestern mayors. The California Democrat cut ties with Fang after federal investigators alerted him about concerns in a defensive briefing in 2015.
“According to a source directly familiar with the matter, the FBI at the last second today canceled its scheduled briefing for congressional leadership on how a communist Chinese spy compromised Rep. Eric Swalwell,” Davis tweeted Wednesday about the controversy involving the California Democrat.
“It’s the second cancellation in a week from the FBI,” Davis added, noting that a source asked The Federalist, “What are they hiding?”
Earlier this week, House Republicans pressed the FBI to provide a briefing about China’s efforts to target U.S. lawmakers. Swalwell has not been accused of any wrongdoing related to Fang but Democrats and the liberal media have shielded the lawmaker, ignoring concerns about his ability to serve on the Intelligence Committee, which handles classified material.
According to a source directly familiar with the matter, the FBI at the last second today canceled its scheduled briefing for congressional leadership on how a communist Chinese spy compromised Rep. Eric Swalwell. It’s the second cancellation in a week from the FBI. (1/2)
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 15, 2020
“What are they hiding?” the source asked @FDRLST. Alan Kohler, the FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, was scheduled to brief congressional leaders on Swalwell’s relationship with a communist Chinese spy before today’s meeting was abruptly canceled by the FBI.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 15, 2020
“Depending on the total number of active CCP operatives and the breadth of the [Ministry of State Security] operation across our country, any number of elected officials could potentially be compromised without even knowing it,” Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray in a letter Monday, referring to the Chinese Communist Party.
“Going forward, understanding the scope of the CCP’s whole operation is critical to combating and preventing any future attempts to undermine our U.S. government institutions,” they added.
More than a dozen GOP lawmakers in the House wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday contending that Swalwell’s relationship created a “national security risk” and that he should be removed from the Intelligence Committee.
“The House Intelligence Committee is instrumental in overseeing our national effort to counteract our chief global rival’s espionage initiatives; for one of its members to have had an undisclosed relationship with a foreign asset in the manner described by recent reports is unacceptable and dangerous,” the members wrote.
It’s irresponsible & dangerous for Rep. Swalwell to continue serving on the Intel Committee.
His past connection to a CCP Spy could jeopardize our nation’s most sensitive information.
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) December 15, 2020
“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,” the letter read.
“Rep. Swalwell withheld information for five years from the House Intelligence Committee about an ongoing Chinese espionage operation targeted at him and his own colleagues,” the GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Jim Banks, Chip Roy, Steve Scalise, Liz Cheney, and Paul Gossard, added, noting that the Democrat kept the information under wraps while joining his colleagues in spreading the false narrative about President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia.
After reports of Swalwell’s involvement with the Chinese spy, the Democrat responded by blaming Trump for the leak.
Meanwhile, the canceled FBI briefing again prompted a wave of reaction on social media.
I guess they need more time to change evidence, bury reports and make up a new story.
— Denyse (@thedenyseshow) December 15, 2020
Running out the clock…again.
— President-Elect Rick (@RickBitney) December 15, 2020
The FBI is just as corrupt as Swalwell and Biden, maybe more so if that’s possible.
— Dr. Steve (@kyracer57) December 15, 2020
Circling the wagons.
— President Elect Deetz (@tahDeetz) December 15, 2020
They’re being careful to hide any evidence of treason.
— Dr. Moe Kraken (@James_Marvin) December 15, 2020
Apparently elected officials don’t need to be informed by the unelected intelligence about National Security in a timely manner, if ever.
— CallThemOut (@Callthemout2016) December 15, 2020
Where is Gina Haspel? She has not been heard from in a long time.
— President Elect Shawne (@shawneebee23) December 15, 2020
There is no rug big enough to sweep this under
— Number Six (@Chris66180648) December 15, 2020
Just another example why the establishment wants Trump out so bad. The longer he’s in office the more he exposes. FBI needs cleaning out.
— Candice 🇺🇸 (@bornintheUSA76) December 15, 2020
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