Though the House Ethics Committee concluded its investigation and chose not to take action against Swalwell, his critics have maintained that he was compromised by "Fang-Fang."
Swalwell was in the middle of a tirade against what he referred to as "government-mandated pregnancies" when he paused and looked into the crowd. He hesitantly continued, but was soon interrupted by the heckler, who sat at the back of the room, out of the camera's view.
"Where's Fang-Fang?" the man shouted.
Swalwell refused to engage, and went on speaking, but before long the situation derailed as people began shouting over one another. One woman shouted "Be respectful!" every time the heckler tried to get a word out, while a man screamed at him to "leave!"
Swalwell and DeSaulnier were initially unable to rein in the crowd, but eventually managed to calm things down.
"We value freedom, but also the freedom to leave," Swalwell said.
"We can have passionate disagreements," DeSaulnier added. "Neither one of us expects everybody in this room, or in the country, to agree with us on this issue or others, but we gotta be respectful, folks."
The allegations against Swalwell began in 2015 after rumors surfaced that a staffer at his Dublin, California office, Christine Fang, was a Chinese spy. Fang and Swalwell were spotted together on numerous occasions, and she maintained contact with him until she suddenly left the country in 2015. Fang used her position as a political operative to connect with high-profile representatives and donors to political events.
Swalwell was eventually kicked off the House Intelligence Committee as a result, with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy arguing that his involvement with Fang made him a national security risk.
As the Hill reports, following the conclusion of the aforementioned House Ethics Committee investigation, Swalwell maintained his innocence, and said it was "time to move on."
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