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Allegations that Rep. Eric Swalwell had relations with a suspected Chinese spy look even worse when weighed against the Russian-collusion-delusion hoax and conspiracy-theory witch hunt he’d waged against the Trump administration, according to former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Speaking on Fox News’ The Story late Wednesday, Sanders bluntly said that Swalwell should have been watching his own flank more closely instead of trying to persecute the president over what has since been shown to be a hoax.
“It sounds like he should have been paying a lot closer attention to his own foreign dealings than attacking the president so much about Russia,” she said.
“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.”
Listen to the full discussion below:
Recall that the collusion-delusion hoax and conspiracy theory centered around since-debunked claims that the president had colluded with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
This hoax led to the propagation of wild conspiracy theories, including one claiming that during a trip to Moscow in 2013, Trump hired Russian hookers to urinate on a hotel bed that had once been slept in by then-President Barack Hussein Obama.
Swalwell was among those who propagated this theory.
“On November 17, 2017, the House committee interviewed Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller, who accompanied Trump on the Moscow trip. Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell took it upon himself to try to get Schiller to corroborate the pee tape story,” the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York notes.
“But since the episode did not happen, there was no corroboration to be had. So Swalwell asked question after question, pursuing Schiller for incriminating details.”
Swalwell went on to repeat the collusion delusion and lie numerous times on social media:
Yes. Your campaign colluded. https://t.co/cPPEbpRbX5
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 21, 2018
Let this sink in. Today, President @realDonaldTrump admitted his campaign colluded with Russia. He thinks you don’t care. He doesn’t know America. We care. And we will be heard. Stay tuned, comrade Trump.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 6, 2018
MORE evidence of collusion. If @realDonaldTrump directed his lawyer to lie, it was to conceal the underlying allegation from being exposed as true. #TheyColluded https://t.co/2Uvze6vl4B
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 18, 2019
But as luck would have it, the evidence now points to HIM having either knowingly or unknowingly colluded with a Chinese spy.
Bombshell reporting from Axios this week confirmed that Swalwell was among a handful of Democrat politicians who’d developed a relationship with Fang, a Chinese spy who’d been assigned to target up-and-coming politicians in the Bay Area.
Axios further reported that some of the relationships Fang wound up fostering were sexual in nature, but stopped short of naming names.
As for Swalwell, Axios reported, “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.”
“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.”
Federal authorities alerted Swalwell about Fang’s illicit ties in 2015, at which point he reportedly “cut off all ties” to her. She left the country later that same year.
Note that the president was never afforded this luxury, i.e., he was never warned by federal authorities about the Russian operatives who’d been trying to target him.
These new findings about Swalwell have a growing number of critics convinced that Swalwell needs to resign from his position on the House Intelligence Committee.
Speaking earlier on The Story, Sen. Marco Rubio highlighted exactly why it’s so problematic that the Democrat lawmaker boasts a position on the committee.
“He as a member of the Intelligence Committee was going around telling people that the president was an agent of a foreign government. Obviously, when people hear that from someone who’s on the Intelligence Committee, they think he must know something: ‘He must know something the rest of us don’t know,'” Rubio explained.
Indeed, and when you factor in his past transgressions with the new findings that link him to a Chinese spy, the need to remove him from the committee seems even clearer.
Should @RepSwalwell resign now because he is a compromised hypocrite and a danger to National Security?
— Samuel Williams (@votesamuelwill1) December 9, 2020
If @RepSwalwell doesn’t do the right thing and resign from the House Intelligence Committee @SpeakerPelosi should remove him from it immediately!
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) December 9, 2020
Today I wrote to @SpeakerPelosi, urging her to remove @RepSwalwell from the House Intelligence Committee after recent reports of his close ties to a Chinese spy.
This is about putting America’s national security first. https://t.co/eUh5cRVOVa
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) December 9, 2020
That @RepSwalwell sits on the Intelligence Committee should make every #American shutter that our government has become so lax,unguarded. He’s a dear friend of the Pakistanis too; said to receive $$$ via intermediaries.
No wonder that we are facing such attacks from China! https://t.co/mn3ewEJBRP
— Alison Hayden 🇺🇸 for CA-15 vs.Eric Swalwell 🇺🇸 (@Alison4Congress) December 9, 2020
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