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Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert went nuclear on the House floor and took aim at Democrat Reps. Eric Swalwell, Ilhan Omar, and many others.
While speaking from the floor, Boebert called out Swalwell for his past relationship with a suspected Chinese spy.
She also slammed Democrats for voting to censure GOP Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him of committee assignments for posting an animated video depicting violence against Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Democrat policies are so pathetic and have done so poorly that the left has nothing else to do but trawl the internet looking for ways to get offended and then try to target members and strip them of their committees. This is a dumb waste of the House’s time,” Boebert began.
“But since the Speaker has designated the floor to discuss members’ inappropriate actions, shall we? The Jihad Squad member from Minnesota has paid her husband, and not her brother-husband, the other one, over $1 million in campaign funds. This member is allowed on the Foreign Affairs Committee while praising terrorists,” she declared.
“A Democrat chairwoman incited further violence in the streets outside of a courthouse. And then the cherry on top, my colleague and three-month presidential candidate from California who is on the Intelligence Committee slept with Fang Fang, a Chinese spy. Let me say that again,” she continued.
“A member of Congress who receives classified briefings was from sleeping with the enemy. This is unacceptable,” she concluded.
Boebert then went after Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters and Omar for “inappropriate” behavior that she argued was more worthy of censure than Gosar’s.
“The Jihad Squad member from Minnesota has paid her husband, and not her brother-husband, the other one, over $1 million in campaign funds,” she said of Omar. “This member is allowed on the Foreign Affairs Committee while praising terrorists.
“A Democrat chairwoman incited further violence in the streets outside of a courthouse,” she said of Waters.
Swalwell’s ties to Fang were first revealed by Axios, which reported that Fang helped raise money for Swalwell’s campaign and placed one or more interns in Swalwell’s office.
Republicans have said that somebody who was so egregiously compromised by a foreign power should not remain on the critical intelligence panel.
Back in March, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy filed a resolution aimed at removing Swalwell from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence over past ties to an alleged Chinese spy named Fang Fang.
The two-page resolution says Swalwell “has not denied public reporting that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative helped raise money for Representative Swalwell’s political campaigns” and “other troublesome elements of public reporting.”
McCarthy’s resolution also cites the House rule that “A Member… of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”