Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) got heckled while hosting a town hall with constituents at the end of July, with some in the crowd shouting at him about his past relationship with a Chinese Communist Party spy. Swalwell was speaking about the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and how “it’s government-mandated pregnancies,” before telling the audience he’s “for women and their freedom…and that is where I think we will end up on this.”
That is when the heckling started. “Where’s Fang Fang?” a man shouted while others in the crowd tried to get things under control.
Congressman Mark Desaulnier (D-CA) and others tried to shout over the heckler screaming, “be respectful.”
“Let my colleague finish, please,” Swalwell said at one point.
According to The Washington Examiner:
Eric Swalwell got HECKLED at a town hall!
“LIAR! THAT’S A LIE!”
“WHERE’S FANG-FANG?!” pic.twitter.com/q4SfTHvRsP
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 2, 2023
According to the former FBI official from the counterintelligence world, the FBI had FISA surveillance up & running on Fang (who was targeting numerous politicians in California & elsewhere, including Swalwell), according to the source, and so many of her actions & communications were being intercepted & monitored.
The FISA related to suspicions that Fang was an agent of a foreign power (China). The FBI did not believe Fang was a Chinese intelligence officer herself, but rather a willing tool of Chinese intel services.
Fang was on the radar of the CIA and the NSA, as well as the bureau. The FBI believed MSS also knew members of Fang’s family.
The FBI further opened a parallel public corruption case directly related to all of this and made Swalwell a subject of the case, according to the source, including looking into the possibilities of illegal foreign donations from the Chinese government, possible quid pro quo, and possible bribery (important to note that Swalwell was never charged with any wrongdoing and that the House Ethics Committee ended its own investigation into this earlier this year).
Fang was involved in fundraising activity for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign, and FBI agents believed that Fang facilitated a small ($100 or $200 range) illegal foreign donation to Swalwell, according to the source.
The congressman’s D.C. office also provided an internship for Fang’s family friend, per the source, with the FBI believing the internship was provided as a favor to Fang.
Swalwell was soon named to the House Intelligence Committee by Nancy Pelosi, and this prompted the FBI’s top leadership (colloquially known as the FBI’s 7th Floor) to decide to provide Swalwell with a defensive briefing in 2015, which effectively shut down the dual investigations by the bureau.