Former Acting Director of United State National Intelligence Richard Grenell discussed the controversy surrounding the Chinese espionage case with Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
On Tuesday, Axios reported that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who sits on the sensitive House Intelligence Committee, had ties to a suspected Chinese spy, Christine Fang.
According to Axios, Fang “targeted up-and-coming local politicians in the Bay Area and across the country who had the potential to make it big on the national stage.”
Grenell said that Swalwell’s story is only “the tip of the iceberg,” and the Chinese Communist Party’s penetration into the American government network is so significant that [it] could involve many more politicians.
“Eric Swalwell did exactly what the Chinese wanted. We need to figure out, are there others? And I can tell you without giving away too much intelligence this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the leverage that China is putting on our politicians. There are many, many more,” Grenell told Hannity during Wednesday’s interview.
“There’s a variety of mayors, governors, senior people,” he added.
“Tip of the Iceberg”
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In response to the controversy, Swalwell said that “congressional leaders knew about” the matter and plans to remain on the House Intelligence Committee.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called for Swalwell to be immediately “removed” from Congress and pondered whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) knew about the issue.
Committee members of the Intelligence Committee “are only selected for the Intel Committee by the leaders of their party, meaning Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi is one of the Gang of Eight, along with myself,” McCarthy said.
“Why did the Democrats pull out of the bipartisan China task force I had set up? Why did Speaker Pelosi pull out of that? he asked. “Why have they denied certain bills that would hold China accountable, that have passed the Senate, [but] not come to the floor? Why do they focus on Silicon Valley members of Congress,” McCarthy inquired. “Why is he still on the Intel. Committee? Why is he still a member of Congress? Did Adam Schiff know, as chairman of that committee, that he had this problem?”
The CCP’s leaks into the U.S. government and power groups are becoming increasingly pressing, as a Chinese professor boasted at a Beijing conference last month.