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Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who made a name for himself last year with his fierce denunciations of impeachment inquisitor House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, wants some answers from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and he wants them now.
Speaking Saturday on Fox News’ “Cavuto Live,” Wenstrup called for Pelosi and other House leaders to explain why disgraced Rep. Eric Swalwell remains on the Intelligence Committee given what’s known about his relationship with a Chinese spy.
“We’ve obviously got more questions than we have answers, and I think that’s the same for the American people. And at the same time, a lot of the American people have no idea of what’s taking place with Mr. Swalwell, because mainstream media doesn’t seem to want to talk about it,” Wenstrup said to Fox News fill-in host David Asman.
“But we’ve always had concerns about this type of espionage that clearly took place. The Chinese develop a farm team, and here’s young Eric Swalwell working in local government and on the rise, and builds a relationship with this woman who’s a Chinese spy.”
What makes this case different is Swalwell’s position of power on a committee that has access to some of the nation’s most protected secrets.
“Of course, we want to know what Pelosi knew and when, and [we] want to know why she would choose to put him on this committee when she’s got hundreds of people to choose from,” Wenstrup said.
“A lot of people want to get on this committee. It seems to me that he should be disregarded from the beginning because of this past, if she knew about it.”
Listen to the congressman’s remarks below:
Pelosi has claimed she first learned about Swalwell’s relationship with Chinese spy Fang Fang “at the same time” that everybody else did, i.e., earlier this month.
While this may perhaps be true, it still doesn’t explain the speaker’s decision to allow the compromised congressman to remain on the Intelligence Committee.
“There are 230 [House] Democrats, and you mean to tell me she cannot find a single one that didn’t date a Chinese spy?” retired Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy sarcastically asked during a Fox News appearance about two weeks.
He also took issue with the hypocrisy and double standards.
“He berated Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr. for meeting with a Russian lawyer — not dating one, meeting with one. And then he berates Devin Nunes for a phone call with Lev Parnas, and he calls the president an agent of Russia,” Gowdy said.
“Meanwhile, for four years, the guy is not smart enough to know he’s being played by a Chinese spy. And that’s the best Nancy Pelosi could do? Out of 230 members, the best you can come up with is a former city councilman in California who’s not smart enough to know when a woman is expressing interest in you.”
Gowdy shreds Pelosi for keeping Eric Swalwell: She can’t find a single Dem that didn’t date a Chinese spy? https://t.co/fqhej0yCYv via @BIZPACReview @RepSwalwell @ericswalwell #Swalwell #EricSwalwell @SpeakerPelosi @TeamPelosi @DNC
— Ryan Lewis (@RL26VA) December 19, 2020
What also remains unknown is why, after the FBI told Swalwell about Fang’s illicit ties to the Chinese Communist Party in 2015, they allowed her to flee back to China.
“If the FBI went to Eric Swalwell and told him about this and knew of this woman, why was she never arrested, and why did the FBI basically just sweep this under the carpet rather than using it as an example to warn other members and other Americans that this is the type of thing that they do and how they try to operate?” Wenstrup asked.
“If you go back to who was in charge of the FBI during that time that this was all going on, it was Robert Mueller and James Comey. I mean, are they just in this habit of trying to cover up for Democrats? I don’t know, but they have a lot of questions I think that need to be answered.”
Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey was indeed in charge when Swalwell was told of Fang back in 2015. As for Mueller, he permanently left the FBI in 2013 but later returned to the Department of Justice in 2017 to serve as special counsel.
Dovetailing back to Pelosi and Schiff, both of who have adamantly refused to remove Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee despite his gross conflict of interest, Wenstrup accused the two of being in a “California triangle” with Swalwell.
Schiff has for his part defended Swalwell’s behavior as “right.”
“There are members of Congress in both House and Senate who have been targeted by China. Mr. Swalwell did everything right, there was no suggestion of any impropriety on his part,” he said earlier this month to Los Angeles station KTTV
Yet calls for Swalwell’s removal from the committee — as well as his resignation — persist:
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 8, 2020
Schiff was right about one thing, though: There are indeed other members of Congress who’ve been targeted by Chinese spies, including Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, who too is a Democrat like Swalwell.
Although the story received minimal coverage from the establishment press, two years ago it emerged that one of the senator’s staffers had been recruited by Chinese intelligence and “reported back to China about local politics.”
When the FBI told her she’d been infiltrated about five years ago, the then-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly forced the staffer/spy to retire.
The FBI meanwhile let this spy off the hook as well on the basis that he’d leaked nothing back to China …
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