A DEMOCRATIC congressman has demanded an investigation after his relationship with a Chinese "honey trap spy" was leaked.
Eric Swalwell, 40, has refused to confirm or deny whether he had sex with Christine Fang – also known as Fang Fang – but insists that classified information was being "weaponised" against him.
The married ex-presidential candidate, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committee, claims his relationship with the alleged spy was leaked while he was involved in impeaching Donald Trump.
Her told CNN: "I hope it is investigated into who leaked this information.
"And if this is a country where people who criticize the president are going to have law enforcement information weaponized against them, that's not a country that any of us want to live in."
The president's son Donald Trump Jr claims the Congressman had sex with the alleged spook and him a "threat to national security."
Swalwell once again refused to say whether he had sex with Fang despite reports that she lured other Americans politicians into her bedroom.
On Tuesday, he dodged the question of sex when quizzed by Politico.
And Fox News host Tucker Carlson said the Democrat's office insisted the subject of a physical relationship was "classified."
He said: "His staff replied by saying that they could not comment whether Swalwell had a sexual relationship with Fang, because that information might be, quote, classified."
The Congressman says he did not share any classified information with Fang and says the FBI has cleared him of any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, Swalwell said he was "shocked" when the FBI tipped him off about Fang and aid he "offered to help."
The politician said: "All I did was cooperate and the FBI said that yesterday."
Axios broke the sensational story, after a year-long investigation, involving the California representative and the alleged Communist Party spy who posed as a Democratic fundraiser.
Fang has fled the US as the FBI launched a probe against her.
She is alleged to have grown close to other Californian politicians and allegedly had sex with two mayors from the midwest.
Those illicit encounters were allegedly caught by FBI spooks.
Swalwell claims he cut off contact from Fang when he was told she was a spy in 2015, reports say.
Yet, the politician's father Eric and brother Joshua are still friends with Fang Fang on Facebook – five years later.
Swalwell was even given a counterintelligence briefing regarding the alleged Chinese operative in 2015 yet Fang was still able to 'like' a video posted by Joshua showing him and his brother the following year.
And his dad Eric also 'liked' two profile pictures posted by Fang on Facebook in 2019.
The alleged spy is still connected with various Californian officials online including Congressman Ro Khanna.
She also reportedly interacted with Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard who ran for Democratic presidential nomination.
Swalwell became aware of the Axios probe last year when he was ending his campaign for the nomination.
He believes his criticism of Trump is behind the leak.
The Congressman said: "I've been a critic of the president. I've spoken out against him.
"I was on both committees that worked to impeach him. The timing feels like that should be looked at.
"What it appears though that this person — as the story reports — was unsuccessful in whatever they were trying to do.
"But if intelligence officials are trying to weaponize someone's cooperation, they are essentially seeking to do what this person was not able to do, which is to try and discredit someone."
His office told The Sun: "Rep. Swalwell, long ago, provided information about this person — whom he met more than eight years ago, and whom he hasn’t seen in nearly six years — to the FBI. To protect information that might be classified, he will not participate in your story."
Fang reportedly enrolled as a student at Cal State East Bay in 2011 and, according to friends, was in her late 20s or early 30s, reports Axios.
During this time, Fang is believed to have had regular contact with a suspected Chinese Ministry of State Security officer who was under diplomatic cover in the San Francisco consulate.
However, US intelligence officials believe her main handlers were based in China.
She also served as the president of the Chinese Student Association and the campus chapter of APAPA, a group that promotes civic affairs for Asian Pacific Islanders.
Fang reportedly used her position to get a foot in the door of local off-campus politics, leading her to become a regular at fundraisers and other events.
Swalwell was one of Fang's first known political contacts when the pair were acquainted during his time as a councilmember for Dublin City, California.
Their earliest known interaction was facilitated through the Chinese Student Association.
A source told Axios that Fang was a "bundler" during Swalwell's 2014 Congress re-election campaign and encouraged people to donate to his operations.
She also reportedly facilitated potential intern assignments for his offices, including one in Washington, DC.
However, Swalwell reportedly halted any contact with Fang when he received a defense briefing from the FBI about her.
Following Fang's probe, the FBI has heightened the importance of investigations into Chinese intelligence and influence operations.
In May 2019, the agency even created a unit dedicated to countering Beijing's operations at state and local levels.
Republican Texas Representative Lance Gooden has also called on Congress to ban Chinese nationals from serving as Congressional interns, according to reporter Chad Pergram.
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