WASHINGTON — Beleaguered Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell refused to reply questions Thursday on whether or not he intends to step down from the Home Intelligence Committee over his ties to a suspected Chinese language spy.
Requires the California congressman to resign from the elite panel are gaining steam after Axios revealed that month that Swalwall was focused by suspected spy Fang Fang earlier than she fled the nation in 2015.
The Democrat was tight-lipped on Thursday when a Fox Information reporter confronted him outdoors his Washington, D.C., residence.
Carrying a crimson sweatshirt and white baseball cap, Swalwell refused to reply questions on his relationship with Fang or if he meant to step down from the committee.
Fang, who additionally glided by the identify Christine Fang, entered the US as a school scholar in 2011 and instantly started getting near numerous politicians, together with two Midwestern mayors she allegedly slept with.
Fang met Swalwell when he was a metropolis councilman in California and went on to assist him increase funds for his 2014 marketing campaign, in response to the Axios report which cited US intelligence officers.
The since-married father-of-two has sidestepped questions on whether or not he had intercourse with Fang — his employees claiming that data is “labeled.”
The FBI warned the 40-year-old about Fang’s makes an attempt to infiltrate the US political system in 2015 and the lawmaker has reportedly not had any contact along with her since then. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
However Republicans need Swalwell booted off the Intelligence panel anyway, calling his relationship with Fang an “an unacceptable nationwide safety threat.”
Republican Home members wrote to Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, calling for her to take away Swalwell from his place.
The lawmakers famous that the panel handles “a few of the most delicate data our authorities possesses,” together with “data important to our nationwide protection.”
Pelosi stated final week she was standing by Swalwell.
“I don’t have any issues about Mr. Swalwell,” she stated at her weekly briefing final Thursday.