Someone remind Swalwell it’s not about him. It’s about “how China is operating” in America right now.
Rep. Eric Swalwell thinks he’s so important that President Donald Trump would plant a Chinese spy story about him.
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan tore apart Swalwell’s claim, reminding the guy that he knew Axios was working on this story in 2019.
Thing is, it’s not only about you, Swalwell. You’re only a part of the story. The subject is China infiltrating our political system.
So I refuse to go into all of that. Swalwell refuses to answer if he slept with the Chinese spy Christine Fang. WHO CARES.
The FBI concluded Swalwell didn’t do anything wrong.
Swalwell is as slimy as they come, but there is no proof of wrongdoing.
Anyway, Swalwell loved the attention and decided to make it about him. He told Politico:
“I’ve been a critic of the president. I’ve spoken out against him. I was on both committees that worked to impeach him,” Swalwell said in an interview on Tuesday. “The timing feels like that should be looked at.”
Swalwell added: “What it appears though that this person — as the story reports — was unsuccessful in whatever they were trying to do. But if intelligence officials are trying to weaponize someone’s cooperation, they are essentially seeking to do what this person was not able to do, which is to try and discredit someone.”
Swan defended his colleagues on Fox News:
The Axios story, co-authored by the outlet’s China reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian and Aspen Institute senior staff writer Zach Dorfman, reported that a Chinese national named Fang Fang, aka Christine Fang, targeted up-and-coming politicians, including Swalwell.
“It would be inappropriate for me to talk about my colleagues’ sourcing, but just use your common sense,” Swan told host Bret Baier Wednesday. “Even Swalwell acknowledges that he first found out Axios was on this in 2019. But … his timeline’s wrong … she’s [Allen-Ebrahimian has] been working on this for more than a year.”
“Anyone who has any passing understanding of how Trump World works, do we really think that they put out some opposition research and then patiently wait[ed] a year — beyond an election — for the very well-respected China correspondent to report it out in a nuanced fashion?” he asked. “I mean, give me a break. It’s completely absurd.
Swan puts Swalwell in his place because, as I said before, it’s not about him:
“The story is really important,” Swan added. “It shows how the Chinese Communist Party operates inside this country. It shows how they infiltrate local politics, how they identify young, in some cases soft targets, people who don’t have a lot of staff around them, who don’t have experience, who don’t actually understand the tactics of the Chinese Communist Party, and then they follow them up … In Eric Swalwell’s case, he has become a very, very powerful, important member of Congress with access to the nation’s top secrets. So it’s a very important story just to understand how China is operating … right now in this country.”
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