The House Ethics Committee has ended its probe into Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., after two years. The investigation was focused on the allegations that he was connected to a suspected Chinese intelligence operative.
On Monday, Swalwell received a letter from the committee that noted that they did not intend to take any additional action in the probe that was first launched in April 2021. As the letter notes the probe was launched to examine the allegations about Swalwell violating House rules, and other standards in his connection with Ms. Christine Fang. Specifically, the allegations against Swalwell first came after it was revealed that Fang had been a part of his fundraising operations for his 2014 re-election campaign and had helped an intern be placed in his office.
Following the committee’s letter Swalwell stated that he had assisted the FBI close 10 years ago in their counterintelligence investigation of a campaign volunteer. He further noted that the complaint against him was filed by an unnamed House Republican. As he stated it was not time to move forward, and that the House Ethics Committee had received answers from him in their requests for information and had determined that he had not committed any wrongdoings.
Swalwell was first targeted by House Republicans over these allegations and was even blocked by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., from continuing to serve in the House Intelligence Committee. Swalwell. Swalwell has previously served as an impeachment manager during the second impeachment trial of then-President Donald Trump.