Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell announced Friday in a tweet that he will be rejoining the House Committee on Homeland Security, despite his discovered relationship with an alleged Chinese spy who used him to infiltrate the U.S. government.
"My committee memberships — along with my experience as a prosecutor and as the son and brother of law enforcement officers — will give me a unique opportunity to delve into one of America’s most serious national security threats,” Swalwell wrote in a tweet.
The House Committee on Homeland Security is responsible for overseeing security legislation and the Department of Homeland Security. Swalwell also still serves on the Intelligence Committee.
Axios broke that Swalwell had a relationship with accused Chinese operative Christine Fang.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Swalwell's return to his position on the committee in a statement.
"As House Speaker, I am pleased to announce the appointments of these outstanding Members to key Committees, where they will be relentless in leading Democrats’ work to combat disparities in our economy and country and to advance justice and progress For The People," she said.
Many Republicans have called for Swalwell's removal from his post on the Intelligence Committee, claiming his integrity as a public servant is compromised due to his relationship with a foreign spy.
"Because of Rep. Swalwell’s position on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, his close interactions with Chinese intelligence services, however unintentional they may be, are an unacceptable national security risk," a letter from 17 GOP lawmakers reads, Fox News reported.
Pelosi assigned Swalwell as manager of the impeachment trial earlier this week.