California Representative Eric Swalwell, the man at the center of a controversy surrounding a Chinese spy named Fang Fang, has been named to Nancy Pelosi’s commission for the impeachment of President Trump.
Swalwell said he coordinated with the FBI regarding Fang Fang and severed all his connections with her. It was reported, however, that his brother and father were still friends with the alleged spy on Facebook as recently as last month.
Speaker of the House Pelosi selected nine impeachment “managers” including the highly controversial Swalwell saying in a statement that, “It is their constitutional and patriotic duty to present the case for the President’s impeachment and removal.”
Meanwhile, Pelosi’s spokesperson praised the diversity of the commission citing that “7/9 are women, people of color of LGBTQ.”
Impeachment is expected to pass in the House with massive Democratic support and at least three Republican votes. Nonetheless, it is unlikely the Senate will take up an impeachment trial given that the President is out of office on January 20.
The President was first impeached by the House in December 2019.
Critics of the move, including some Democrats, believe impeachment will create further political division in the country at a time when it needs to heal. A trial, they insist, would take too much media attention away from incoming President Biden’s first 100 days agenda.