Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was heckled during a constituent town hall at the end of July, with some in the audience yelling at him about his previous ties with a Chinese Communist Party spy ‘Fang Fang’.
Who was Fang Fang?
Fang Fang, or Christine Fang, was a Chinese Mata Hari who allegedly slept with at least two Midwestern mayors while courting a bevy of politicians around the country in an attempt to enter the US political system.
Fang, entered the United States as a college student in 2011 and spent the next four years courting everyone from local politicians to US congressmen, according to the Web site Axios, citing current and former US intelligence officials.
Fang was close to California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, and she once helped collect funds for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), according to sources.
The plan was for Fang to infiltrate crucial government circles — and occasionally politicians’ bedrooms — in order to obtain personal information about them while ingratiating herself with unsuspecting prospective up-and-coming heavyweights, according to intelligence sources.
According to the site, US officials are aware of at least two mayors who had intimate encounters with Fang, who is estimated to be in her late 30s or early 40s.
According to an intelligence official, the suspected spy had sex with an Ohio mayor in a car, which was caught on FBI electronic surveillance.
When the mayor asked Fang why she was interested in him, she allegedly replied that she needed to better her English.
Connection with Eric Swalwell
According to two reports, Fang assisted in the placement of at least one intern in Swalwell’s office.
She also collected donations for Swalwell’s re-election campaign in 2014 and interacted with him at a number of events over the years, according to the website.
There is no proof of unlawful contributions, and Fang did not make any donations, according to Federal Election Commission records. Political donations by foreign nationals are illegal.
However, federal agents alerted Swalwell about their worries about Fang in 2015, after they began investigating her for suspicious behaviour.
Swalwell, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, cut off all contact with Fang at that moment.
Rep. Eric Swalwell has refused to say if he had sex with the accused Chinese spy.
Swalwell, in an interview with Politico, also sidestepped the question about how intimate he was with Fang.