Thursday, January 14, 2021
“A member of the Intelligence Committee who slept with and took money from a Chinese spy is trying to convince people that someone else is unfit for office," one GOP lawmaker and ally of Trump told the Washington Examiner. "He’s a perfect leader for this entire farce.”
The move took some Republicans by surprise, particularly as a number of House Republicans have called for Swalwell to be removed from the House Committee on Intelligence, saying his prior relationship with Fang constituted a threat to national security. Some GOP lawmakers, such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, have called for him to leave the House altogether.
“He was the most over-the-top critic of President Trump on Russia collusion, and it turns out he’s sleeping with a Chinese spy,” Paul said in December. “I mean, my goodness. The hypocrisy. It’s appalling, and he really should be red-faced and ashamed of himself and really probably ought to just resign from Congress."