Durham hearing: Troy Nehls brings up Eric Swalwell’s alleged relationship with Chinese spy

Troy Nehls: John Durham testifies before the House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Troy Nehls R-TX, refers to statements about the Trump Pee tape during questioning with former special counsel John Durham as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2023. (Ken Cedeno/UPI/Newscom)/UPI/Newscom

Durham hearing: Troy Nehls brings up Eric Swalwell’s alleged relationship with Chinese spy

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Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) expressed outrage over the FBI lending credibility to the discredited Steele dossier, comparing it to Rep. Eric Swalwell’s (D-CA) alleged relationship with a Chinese spy.

Nehls made his comments as special counsel John Durham was testifying about his inquiry publicly for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee. Durham was appointed by Trump-era Attorney General William Barr to investigate the flawed origins and conduct of the FBI investigation into the TrumpRussia collusion claims.

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During the hearing, Nehls derided the credulous treatment of the Steele dossier, which contained numerous unsubstantiated allegations of misconduct on the part of then-candidate Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 election. The report, which among other things claimed that Trump met with prostitutes while visiting Moscow, would have severely damaged any candidate’s public image, Nehls said.

“And then even the director of the FBI, [James] Comey, said it’s possible Trump was with hookers peeing on each other,” Nehls said. “Christopher Steele said that ‘infamous Trump pee tape probably exists,’ ‘alleged pee tape incident was the only sex Trump party in Russia.’ You want to irritate the suburban mom at home? If five months before an election, tell them the Republican leading candidate is peeing on prostitutes. ”

He then brought up allegations surrounding Swalwell’s alleged relationship with a Chinese spy, drawing derision from some of his colleagues.

“We are aware of the member of this committee having an alleged affair with a Chinese spy, I refer to as Yum Yum, but this is a new low for anyone,” he continued. “And I would hope Mr. Swalwell would agree with me. Imagine if somebody would have said, and taken this a step further; Mr. Swalwell was peeing on Yum Yum. This was unacceptable, this has got to stop.”

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Nehls was interrupted towards the end of his statement, with Rep. Glenn Ivey (D-MA) requesting that his remarks about Swalwell be wiped from the record.

“My point is this; if you’re going to say the president United States was in Russia, peeing on prostitutes, or vice versa, I’m just saying, could you imagine how that would affect any member of this committee? It would affect you, you’re going to pick up a primary opponent, I’ll guarantee that.”

Nehls was apparently referring to Christine Fang, an operative with the Chinese government who worked with multiple political campaigns in the United States before being caught. Fang volunteered with Swalwell’s reelection campaign in 2014 and was alleged by some to have had an affair with him.

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Swalwell has consistently denied any wrongdoing. In May, the House Ethics Committee sent him a letter announcing its conclusion of the investigation into the incident and said it was not pursuing any further charges. The California Democrat touted the letter as vindication and painted the allegations as an attempted smear.

“If the intent in bringing this complaint and leveling false smears was to silence me, that is not going to happen. I will continue to be a voice on behalf of my constituents and a passionate defender of democracy,” Swalwell said.

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