An online spat with a newly elected GOP congresswoman left Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California with egg on his face just weeks after he was connected to an alleged tryst with a Chinese spy.
Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee and on the Subcommittee on the CIA, was recently connected to a suspected Chinese operative named Christine Fang, or Fang Fang for short, Axios reported.
“A suspected Chinese intelligence operative developed extensive ties with local and national politicians, including a U.S. congressman, in what U.S. officials believe was a political intelligence operation run by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015, Axios found in a yearlong investigation,” the outlet noted.
Swalwell actually accused GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of committing a “crime” for tweeting during the Capitol incursion.
“In the past 5 days the left has shown us what vile hypocrites they truly are. They are driven by hate, projection and endless conspiracy theories,” Boebert tweeted.
In the past 5 days the left has shown us what vile hypocrites they truly are.
They are driven by hate, projection and endless conspiracy theories.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 10, 2021
Swalwell responded, “Like any citizen who has committed a crime, Lauren Boebert has the right to remain silent. I suggest that she use it.”
The comment was an apparent reference to tweets posted by Boebert during the incursion, in which the Republican tweeted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been evacuated.
“We were locked in the House Chambers,” Boebert tweeted. “The Speaker has been removed from the chambers.” The information she posted drew a response from Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii.
“We were specifically instructed by those protecting us not to tell anyone, including our family, where exactly we were, for reasons that remain obvious,” wrote Schatz.
Swalwell then entered the conversation, commenting, “So were we in the House. @laurenboebert was told by the Sergeant of Arms in the chamber to not make any social media posts. It was said repeatedly. She defied it because she is more closely aligned with the terrorists than the patriots.”
But in reference to Swalwell’s Monday comment, Boebert hit the Democrat hard regarding his alleged involvement with the Chinese operative, responding to his advice that she remain “silent” following the commission of a “crime.”
“Did you give the same legal advice to Fang Fang?” Boebert wrote.
Swalwell did not answer Boebert’s question.
The California Democrat instead quickly posted a separate tweet connecting Boebert to the Ku Klux Klan and the Capitol rioters.
This is an excerpt from The Western Journal.
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