Bishop, Homeland Republicans Request Briefing from FBI Director Wray on Rep. Swalwell ties to Chinese spy

February 24, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC) and Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY) along with 12 Republicans on the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigations Director Christopher Wray requesting a briefing on Rep. Eric Swalwell’s (D-CA) ties to Christine Fang, a suspected Chinese spy.

We cannot overlook the CCP’s successful attempts to gain access and influence within federal, state, and local governments. Given these injurious efforts to target a Member of the Committee, it is imperative that the House Committee on Homeland Security receive a classified briefed detailing Rep. Swalwell’s relationship with Fang and any potential exposure of classified information. We must ensure the Committee can safeguard Top Secret information and make an informed decision regarding Rep. Swalwell’s future access to classified information.

In December, an Axios report detailed a relationship between Rep. Eric Swalwell and a Chinese spy, Christine Fang, resulting from the Chinese government’s operation targeting U.S. elected officials through personal relationships. Since then, Republicans have repeatedly called for Rep. Swalwell’s removal from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including GOP Leader McCarthy who stated support for Rep. Swalwell’s removal after he and Speaker Pelosi were briefed on the matter. Rep. Swalwell continues to serve on the Intelligence Committee and was re-appointed to the Committee on Homeland Security by Speaker Pelosi in the 117th Congress. The potential for a security leak from the Committee on Homeland Security would have disastrous impacts on national security.

Rep. Bishop serves on the Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee and the Oversight, Management, and Accountability Subcommittee on the Committee on Homeland Security.