After being kicked from the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) reportedly seemed to threaten House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Swalwell told McCarthy that he believes he will “regret” his decision, implying political retribution of some type.
“We’re not going away. I think he’ll regret giving all three of us more time on our hands.” Swalwell said in reference to himself and congressman Adam Schiff and Ilhan Omar all of whom were booted from the House Intelligence Committee by Speaker McCarthy.
Swalwell also claimed McCarthy is to blame for the purported death threats he has received.
Swalwell, who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2013, has been romantically linked to a suspected Chinese spy named Fang Fang or Christine Fang. According to reports, Fang reportedly worked to cultivate relationships with local and national politicians, including Swalwell, in an effort to influence American politics and gain access to information and intelligence.
Critics of Swalwell argue that his connections to a suspected Chinese spy call into question his loyalty to the United States and his ability to put the country’s interests first. They also point out that China has been known to use espionage and other covert tactics to gain an advantage in international relations and gain access to sensitive information.