Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Dec. 16 called on Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) to hold a press conference to explain his relationship with a suspected Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spy.
However, citing the need "to protect information that might be classified," Swalwell refused to disclose details of his relationship with Fang, Axios reported.
Cotton accused Swalwell of "hiding behind the cloak of classified information" and called for transparency.
"There's nothing classified about his fundraising practices or his social life," Cotton said. "The fact that he and Nancy Pelosi won't come clean and explain exactly what his relationship with this Chinese spy was suggests that there is some information there that they don't want to reveal."
"I was told about this individual, and I offered to help," he told CNN. "All I did was cooperate, and the FBI said that yesterday."
The Axios report cited a U.S. intelligence official saying that Swalwell hadn't been accused of any wrongdoing. But Cotton said more transparency is needed around the case, given that Swalwell, as an Intelligence Committee member, is privy to sensitive information.
"Obviously, any foreign adversary would love to have access to that information," Cotton said.
“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,” they wrote.
Pelosi's office didn't immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment. Swalwell's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment after the Axios report was published.