“Following a report that linked him to an alleged Chinese spy, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell suggested the information was leaked to hurt him because of his frequent and loud criticism of President Donald Trump,” Politico reported.

“Bashing Trump was the key to Swalwell’s short tenure in the race, and he continued to loudly call for the president’s removal from office throughout the year.”

“I’ve been a critic of the president. I’ve spoken out against him. I was on both committees that worked to impeach him,” Swalwell said in an interview on Tuesday. “The timing feels like that should be looked at.”