Sen. Cotton: Swalwell Should Have Press Conference on Chinese Spy Connection

Sen. Cotton: Swalwell Should Have Press Conference on Chinese Spy Connection tom cotton speaks at hearing Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) (Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

By Solange Reyner | Wednesday, 16 December 2020 02:40 PM

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Wednesday called on Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., to “stop hiding behind the cloak of classified information” and have a “no-holds-barred” press conference to explain his connections with a suspected Chinese spy.

Swalwell has denied any wrongdoing regarding his relationship with Fang Fang, aka Christine Fang, who entered the U.S. as a college student in 2011 and immediately started connecting with a number of politicians. He also said he cooperated with the FBI when he was alerted about Fang.

More than a dozen House Republicans have urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee over the connection.

"Eric Swalwell says he's a victim in all of this. If that's the case what he should do is come forward and have a no-holds-barred press conference and explain exactly what his relationship with this Chinese spy was," Cotton, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told "Fox & Friends."

"He keeps hiding behind the cloak of classified information, but there's nothing classified about his fundraising practices or his social life and the fact that he won't have," Cotton added. "The fact that he and Nancy Pelosi won't come clean and explain exactly what his relationship with this Chinese spy was suggests that there is some information there that they don't want to reveal."

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