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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California


Swalwell Returns from Intelligence Committee Trip to Japan And South Korea

December 19, 2016
Press Release

PLEASANTON, CA – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) returned this weekend from a congressional delegation trip to Japan and South Korea, undertaken in his role as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Swalwell, who is the Ranking Member on that panel’s CIA Subcommittee, felt the visit was timely.

“With South Korea having just impeached its president, and with revelations that Russia committed cyberattacks to interfere with our 2016 election campaigns, this would be a prime time for North Korea’s rogue regime to rattle its saber,” Swalwell said. “North Korean aggression not only threatens our ally South Korea, but also our own homeland, given its nuclear capability. So this was an important time to get on-the-ground updates about our affairs and interests on the Korean peninsula, as well as to visit with our troops serving there.”

After a stop at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Swalwell proceeded to Seoul for meetings with U.S. military officials; Mark Lippert, the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea; other U.S. diplomats and personnel; and South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He had lunch one day with service members who hail from California’s 15th Congressional District.

Swalwell also visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone, where he received an orientation briefing and met with service members.

This trip caps Swalwell’s first term on the Intelligence Committee, which has also included visits to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, while visiting South Korea on a House Intelligence Committee trip last week, had lunch with U.S. service members from Northern California. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Swalwell’s office.)

Rep. Eric Swalwell (left, center), while visiting South Korea on a House Intelligence Committee trip last week, had breakfast with U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert (right, center). (Photo courtesy of Rep. Swalwell’s office.)