U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday continued to question the congressional committee assignments of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, who has been embroiled in controversy since it was revealed that one of his former fundraisers was apparently a Chinese spy.
Cheney told Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning that Swalwell represented a national security hazard.
“I think the real question is why Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi hasn’t taken action,” Cheney said. “We really need to make sure, across-the-board, we’re defending ourselves.”
News outlet Axios detailed an alleged political intelligence operation run by a civilian spy agency in China between 2011 and 2015. Swalwell is not suspected of any wrongdoing.
Pelosi appointed Swalwell to the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees a number of executive branch agencies and departments.
Cheney criticized Pelosi for pivoting the committee’s focus from potential international espionage to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“We as a nation cannot afford to have somebody as a Speaker of the House, who’s not serious about the most important national security threat we face,” Cheney said.
The representative also agreed with allegations by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, that many mainstream media outlets (such as The New York Times and the Washington Post) are affiliated with China, receiving money for promoting propaganda about the country.
She pointed as an example of the most recent example of Hollywood working with China to the live-action remake of “Mulan.”
It has been documented that the Chinese Communist Party is keeping Uighur Muslims in concentration camps in the Xinjiang Uighar Autonomous Region, and Cheney and a number of colleagues questioned the Walt Disney Company’s cooperation with China, since they are committing human rights violations.
“The Chinese government has managed to infiltrate the highest levels of our entertainment industry,” she said.