House Ethics Committee Reportedly Closed Investigation of Rep. Eric Swalwell a new letter Obtained by CNN.
“The committee will take no further action on this matter,” the letter to the California Democrat read.
The team began investigating Swalwell on April 9, 2021, following claims that he had been targeted by a suspected Chinese intelligence operative as part of a broader effort to establish ties to US politicians.
“The Committee has previously reviewed allegations of improper influence by foreign agents and in doing so reminded members of the possibility that foreign governments may seek to gain improper influence through gifts and other interactions,” the letter continued.
CNN previously reported Swalwell was named in an Axios report detailing what U.S. officials believed to be a political intelligence operation by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015. The woman Fang Fang, or Christine Fang, at the center of the action, was involved in fundraising for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign and helped intern at the California Democratic Party office, according to Axios, noting that Swalwell has since No wrongdoing was suspected.
In a statement following the committee’s letter, Swalwell said it was “time to move on”.
“The bipartisan House Ethics Committee has been working on this case for over two years. They have subpoena power. They received my response to my request for information. Today, they are closing the case and found no wrongdoing,” he said.
House Republicans have seized on the allegations and used them as a motive Kick Swalwell Member of the House Intelligence Committee at the beginning of the current Congress.