House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) promoted tourism to San Franciso, California’s Chinatown and was moving forward with legislation to prevent presidents from issuing travel bans while President Trump implemented a travel ban from China to stop the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.
On Sunday, Pelosi criticized Trump’s travel ban for not being expansive enough in stopping travel from China in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, telling CNN “tens of thousands of people were still allowed in from China. So it wasn’t as it is described as this great moment.”
Pelosi argued Trump should have kept American citizens and green card-holders in China rather than allowing them to return to the U.S. As the New York Times noted, nearly 40,000 individuals have returned to the U.S. from China since the implementation of the travel ban on February 2.
“There were Americans coming back, green card holders coming back, but there were tens of thousands,” Pelosi continued. “If you’re going to shut the door because of an evaluation of an epidemic, then shut the door.”
While Trump implemented the travel ban, Pelosi was promoting tourism to San Francisco’s Chinatown and working with House Democrats to try to block Trump’s ability to executively issue travel bans.
On February 24, Pelosi spoke with local media in Chinatown to urge tourists and Californians to continue frequenting the neighborhood:
We should come to Chinatown. Precautions have been taken by our city. We know that there is concern surrounding tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come. It’s lovely here. The food is delicious, the shops are prospering, the parade was great. Walking tours continue. Please come and visit and enjoy Chinatown. [Emphasis added]
Pelosi said on January 31:
In the coming weeks, the House Judiciary Committee will mark-up and bring to the Floor the No Ban Act to prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system and limit the President’s ability to impose such biased and bigoted restrictions. We will never allow hatred or bigotry to define our nation or destroy our values.
As Breitbart News reported, the No Ban Act would have allowed travelers from Wuhan, China — the origin of the coronavirus — to continue to arrive in the U.S. while Trump received guidance from Congress.
Trump has implemented travel bans on China, Iran, and Europe to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to the U.S. Most recently, the president announced an order slowing green card processing for certain foreign nationals while more than 26 million Americans are unemployed.
Eric Swalwell and the spy: A lesson in how China is undermining us
Texas couple of 30 years die of Covid-19 within minutes of one other… Fauci tells Americans not to see their kids for Christmas Eric Swalwell and the spy: A lesson in how China is undermining us
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) represents the state’s 15th Congressional District, which sits like a splattered trapezoid between Berkeley and Silicon Valley. The Blue Man Group is less blue than Rep. Swalwell’s district. He has served eight years and was just re-elected with more than 70 percent of the vote. He’s as safe in office as a 450-foot home run. © Greg Nash Eric Swalwell and the spy: A lesson in how China is undermining us
The only reason we even know Rep. Swalwell’s name is because he thought, as a three-term, 30-something representative, he could pole-vault directly into the White House and so ran for president in 2019. No one in history has made that leap, but give him credit for youthful – if naive – exuberance. https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533
In the end, his presidential campaign didn’t just fail to launch, it didn’t make it out of the hangar, lasting a fizzling three months. But the campaign was not without some political value that Rep. Swalwell leveraged to become one of the most quoted and aggressive Trump-Russia collusion and impeachment howlers on the left. The attention was intoxicating for a newer congressman in a large state whom no one normally would know or care about.
He also had a good perch in the U.S. Congress, having landed, in just his second term, a plum seat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is regularly briefed on the intelligence community’s most highly classified operations.
Swalwell’s prior experience in the world of foreign intelligence operations was limited to his role as a small-town councilman. Why then, you might logically wonder, was he assigned to the prestigious and sensitive intelligence committee? It wasn’t for his keen understanding of Russian tradecraft, that much we know. Think more along the lines of the business and philosophical interests of the China-groveling high-tech companies and socialist academic communities whose districts he straddles.Ambitious, inexperienced, attention-seeking politicians are like marks for mafia loan sharks. At some point a payment has to be made and the interest on the loan is ugly. Eric Swalwell had an ugly payment week. His carelessness with a Chinese intelligence operative looks far more substantive than the Russia collusion unicorn he so publicly insisted was real. Now he has to pay nasty interest on his glaringly public hypocrisy. If you’re going to draw attention to yourself, check what’s in your own leaky backpack first.Rep. Swalwell has become a fascinating case study. Set aside the hypocritical folly of a mostly inexperienced congressman – even though it’s wicked good clickbait – because there’s far more at play here to which we as a free nation need to pay attention.Many on the political right would like a deeper ivestigation of Rep. Swalwell, and maybe even criminal charges. Even in the unlikely event such could be done, it would be a pyrrhic gesture that would detract from a very real and much larger threat. Swalwell was and still is a legitimate target of Chinese intelligence. But he is most probably not a spy. And he is not the only U.S. politician being targeted by the Chinese government, not by a long shot.
FBI officials in 2015 chose to give Rep. Swalwell a “defensive briefing,” meaning that they let him know the specific indicators they had that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative was actively targeting his office. For perspective, the FBI gives many such briefings every year to elected and career officials across the government, since the bureau is charged with monitoring China’s operations in this country. The FBI’s decision to brief Swalwell was the proper course of action.
And yes – as has been endlessly pointed out – the FBI, in a startling double-standard, did not provide then-candidate Donald Trump with the same courtesy in 2016, even though it possessed even thinner indications of cooperation with a hostile intelligence operation.
The difference is this: The Swalwell defensive briefing was carried out by an FBI field office counterintelligence squad steeped in the tradecraft of Chinese intelligence tactics. Experienced agents know when an aggressive investigation of a U.S. citizen is actually justified or when a prudent briefing will suffice. In contrast, the Trump campaign investigation was led by a band of senior executives at FBI headquarters with wispy counterintelligence experience at best and pocketfuls of political animus.
Rep. Swalwell’s current political misfortune is, however, an instructive glimpse for the American people into the intentions and methods of a nation that is aggressively working to replace the U.S. as the world’s preeminent power. The operation targeting Swalwell may not look all that sophisticated but, when replicated hundreds, if not thousands, of times across the country at multiple levels, certain effects favorable to the Chinese government’s goal of global primacy are inevitable.
Eric Swalwell has emerged as a useful icon of a major piece of the mosaic that makes up the complex intelligence-gathering strategy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Rep. Swalwell is just a snapshot, but now, a very public one. The PRC is actively targeting many of our politicians to ensure friendly representation of China’s aggressive interests during our democratic deliberations.
Chinese intelligence operations are raising and bundling money for ever more expensive campaigns, placing cooperators in key offices, and directing lucrative business to family members of elected officials. They are insisting that our Big Tech companies compromise American values in exchange for access to their seductive, profitable market. They are stealing our intellectual property and then using it to compete against us. They are exploiting our generosity by sending tens of thousands of students and academics to our universities with express orders to feed intelligence to the Chinese Communist Party. They are intently watching our reaction to a coronavirus that originated in their country, and carefully assessing its impacts on our fiscal health, traditional freedoms and national unity.
And this is just a small slice of their activities. The U.S. intelligence community doesn’t get everything right but it is essentially unified in its assessment of China as our gravest national security threat. We shrug that off at our own peril.
China is playing a patient long game. We’re watching Netflix.
Kevin R. Brock, former assistant director of intelligence for the FBI, was an FBI special agent for 24 years and principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). He independently consults with private companies and public-safety agencies on strategic mission technologies.
Pelosi rallies behind Swalwell amid Chinese spy firestorm
The suspected Chinese spy allegedly helped with fundraising for Swalwell and helped land an intern in his office.Pelosi: ‘I don’t have any concerns about Mr. Swalwell’https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.432.0_en.html#goog_1483199166
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a vote of confidence Thursday to Rep. Eric Swalwell after revelations of his interactions with a suspected Chinese spy set off a furor among Republicans in Congress.
“I don’t have any concern about Mr. Swalwell,” Pelosi told reporters.
Pelosi also admonished House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for calling for Swalwell to lose his seat on the House Intelligence Committee.
“I do think that it is unfortunate that Mr. McCarthy is trying to make an issue of this,” she said.
“But you know what he’s trying to do, he’s trying to deflect attention from the fact that he has QAnon in his delegation over there,” Pelosi added, referring to an outlandish conspiracy theory that has taken root among some conservatives and put Republicans on the defensive.
Pelosi said she and other congressional leaders were informed in 2015 about the matter at the same time that Swalwell was by the FBI. Law enforcement authorities were monitoring the woman at the center of the controversy and believed her to be an operative of China’s Ministry of State Security.
Known alternatively as Fang Fang or Christina Fang, the woman came to know Swalwell while he was still a city council member and had stayed in his orbit while he was in Congress, allegedly assisting with fundraising for Swalwell’s 2014 reelection campaign as well as helping to place an intern in his office, according to a report from Axios.
Swalwell immediately cut off contact with Fang — who is no longer in the country — when the FBI alerted him, and he has not been accused of any improper actions in his dealings with her.
“We knew at the same moment,” she said. “We knew when they knew and at that time, that was the end of it.”
McCarthy told Fox News Thursday morning that he was unaware of the matter until it came to light publicly earlier this week. McCarthy calls Swalwell a national security threathttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.432.0_en.html#goog_304583200
“I’m going to ask the FBI director to brief me,” McCarthy said. “As a leader and a member of the Gang of Eight, I did not know of this.”
Republicans have jumped at the chance to turn the screws on Swalwell following the report linking him to a suspected Chinese spy, and the news has captivated conservative media for days. https://3f80e7a3dce6369d26ada0c4ae745a35.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
“Oh my gosh, talk about karma,” Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), who sits with the California Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday on Fox News.“If this doesn’t show that God doesn’t have a sense of humor, what else does?”
The idea that any member of Congress had contact with an alleged spy for one of the country’s biggest global rivals would be fodder under any circumstances, but Swalwell had a particularly large target on his back.
Swalwell gained prominence in recent years as a frequent antagonist of Trump’s during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, anddue to his abortive bid for the Democratic presidential nomination that ended in July 2019.
Republicans accused Swalwell of holding the president to a double standard.
“It was all Russia, Russia, Russia,” Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) said Thursdayon Fox News. “He showed no concern about China, which if he went through an event of some type then he should be greatly concerned about China, and we didn’t hear from him on that.”
McCarthy and a collection of top Republicans have called into question Swalwell’s continued membership on the committee and tried to drag Pelosi and committee Chair Adam Schiff into the mire.
“He is jeopardizing national security,” McCarthy said Thursday. “When did Nancy Pelosi know of this and why did she maintain him on the committee?”
Swalwell has sprung to his own defense, calling conservative attacks on him a cynical attempt to tar him for his criticisms of Trump.
“To do that against a critic of the president, they may think they’re going to silence me,” Swalwell said Wednesday on CNN. “They are not going to silence me, but what they are going to do is they are going to make others think twice when they are asked to sit down and provide defensive information about people like this.”
Other congressional Republicans have also been quick to pile on to the California Democrat.
“Nancy Pelosi cannot allow him to stay on the intelligence committee, and he’s got to come clean with this,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said on Fox Business.
Trump himself thus far has not directly entered into the fray, but Thursday morning retweeted an earlier post from Texas Rep. Lance Gooden claiming Swalwell “actually colluded” with an an agent of the Chinese government
Pelosi Defends Swalwell After His Ties to Alleged Chinese Spy Are Revealed
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At her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., dismissed Republicans’ national security concerns leveled against one of her fellow California Democrats. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., on Thursday in response to revelations of his interactions with an alleged Chinese spy, accusing the GOP of harping on the issue to distract from QAnon.
“I don’t have any concern about Mr. Swalwell,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters during her weekly press conference Thursday morning.
“I do think that it is unfortunate that [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy is trying to make an issue of this. But you know what he’s trying to do. He’s trying to deflect attention from the fact that he has QAnon in his delegation over there,” Pelosi added, referring to several incoming GOP lawmakers who have previously supported the baseless conspiracy theory.
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McCarthy called for Swalwell to lose his seat on the House Intelligence Committee after Axios reported that Christina Fang, an alleged Chinese spy, met Swalwell when he was a city council member in California and stayed in contact with him after he was elected to Congress.
“He is jeopardizing national security,” McCarthy said Thursday on the Fox News Channel. “When did Nancy Pelosi know of this, and why did she maintain him on the [Intelligence] Committee?”
Fang allegedly helped fundraise for Swalwell’s 2014 reelection campaign and was helping place an intern in his office, Axios reported Tuesday.
Swalwell said he cut off all contact with Fang once alerted by the FBI, and has not been accused of any illegal wrongdoing.
Republicans criticized Swalwell’s past connection to Fang, given the lawmaker’s consistent criticism of President Donald Trump during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which found that the president and his campaign did not collude with the Russian government.
“It was all Russia, Russia, Russia,” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, on Thursday on Fox News. “He showed no concern about China, which if he went through an event of some type, then he should be greatly concerned about China, and we didn’t hear from him on that.”
“Oh, my gosh, talk about karma,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, on Fox News. “If this doesn’t show that God has a sense of humor, what else does?”
Swalwell responded, insisting that the Republican attacks are in response to his frequent criticism of Trump.
“To do that against a critic of the president, they may think they’re going to silence me,” Swalwell said Wednesday on CNN. “They are not going to silence me, but what they are going to do is, they are going to make others think twice when they are asked to sit down and provide defensive information about people like this.”
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