GOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict McCarthy to introduce resolution to censure Waters House GOP's McClain responds to Pelosi calling her 'that woman' MORE (R-Calif.) said he is planning on introducing a resolution to remove Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGOP struggles to rein in nativism Personal security costs for anti-Trump lawmakers spiked post-riot Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting MORE (D-Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee, arguing he is a national security threat due to his former ties with an alleged Chinese spy.  

“Pelosi just reappointed Eric Swalwell to the Intelligence Committee. Based on the briefing she and I received together, Swalwell should not be on the panel in charge of guarding our nation's secrets. Next week, I will offer a resolution to remove him from the Intel Committee,” he tweeted on Friday. 

GOP lawmakers have repeatedly taken aim at Swalwell due to his previous relationship with Christine Fang, who according to a report in Axios helped fundraise for Swalwell during his 2014 reelection campaign and place an intern inside his office before leaving the country in 2015 amid a federal investigation into her actions.  


Fang also allegedly targeted a number of other high-profile Democrats in California.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict House GOP's McClain responds to Pelosi calling her 'that woman' GOP struggles to rein in nativism MORE (D-Calif.) previously said she didn’t have "any concern" about Swalwell’s ability to serve on the Intelligence Committee

Swalwell — who was one of the most vocal critics of former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE and played a leading role in the impeachment efforts — has asserted he feels the GOP’s attacks are politically motivated. 

Republicans late last year called for Swalwell to be removed from the committee.

McCarthy’s pledge comes as each party announced assignments to the committee, one of the last to formally assemble each Congress. The new Republicans on the committee were Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse passes bill to prevent violence in health care workplaces House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations Fitzpatrick replaces Tom Reed as House Problem Solvers co-chair MORE (Pa.), Trent KellyJohn (Trent) Trent KellyGOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE (Miss.), Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodTo encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision GOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel Rahm Emanuel predicts Trump will seek retribution against GOP opponents, won't run for reelection MORE (Ill.) and Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinIntelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing GOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel Sirota says eviction moratoriums can play key role in COVID-19 fight MORE (Okla.), and Reps. Jason Crowe (Colo.) and Jim CooperJim CooperProgressive group backing primary challenger to Tennessee Democrat GOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes MORE (Tenn.) were the new Democratic additions to the committee.

Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellRep. Terri Sewell declines to run for Senate in Alabama Amazon union battle comes to Washington GOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel MORE (D-Ala.) will not be returning to the committee.