Swalwell On Impeachment Vote: 'If We Do Nothing, We Could Lose Everything' | NBC News

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Published: 12/18/2019 04:32 PM

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. spoke to NBC News' Geoff Bennett about his view of the impeachment vote against President Trump and how he believes it could impact the Democratic party in 2020. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCN...



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To fight to a draw and he’s still underwater politically. still underwater politically. impeachment has not been good. Impeachment has not been good for him for his re-election. for him for his re-election. , we’re going to go back to we’re going to go back to geoff bennett. geoff bennett. He is standing by with a member. He is standing by with a member of congress. of congress. , congressman er ...
c swalwell of , congressman eric swalwell of california.

california. Let me ask you this question. Let me ask you this question. I hear this fatalistic view from. I hear this fatalistic view from democrats. democrats. , because president trump will, because president trump will likely be acquitted by thelikely, be acquitted by the senate. What was the point of senate? What was the point of all of this? Politically? All of this politically? How do you respond to this? How do you respond to this we’ve learned, standing up to we’ve learned standing up to the president stops his the president stops his corruption. corruption.

Only once dr. fiona hill, and only once dr. fiona hill and lieutenant colonel vindman went lieutenant. Colonel vindman went to the lawyers, did it put into to the lawyers? Did it put into motion this whistle-blower motion, this whistle-blower, complaint. complaint. ? We found out what happened and we found out what happened and ukraine got. The aid. ukraine got theaid. , the president got caught and got the president got caught and got the aid. the aid.

If they had not stood up to him. If they had not stood up to him, the ukraine would probably still the ukraine would probably still not have. The aid and russia not have the aid and russia would advance on ukraine. would advance on ukraine. the message i take from that the message i take from that when you stand up to the when you stand up to the president and show courage, you president, and Show courage you can extinguish his corruption. can extinguish his corruption. , a process, question. , a process question. , you heard republicans and they you heardrepublicans, and they still say they deserve their day still say they deserve their day to be in the driver’s seat. To to be in the driver’s seat to call their own witnesses and call their own witnesses and direct their own line of direct their own line of questioning. questioning. , why shouldn’t they have that? Why shouldn’t they have that it seems in the interest of it seems in the interest of fairness, seems like a fairness seems like a reasonable thing to do.

reasonable thing to do. they’ve had equal time during >. > they’ve had equal time during deppations and hearings. deppations and hearings. What they -- depositions and what they --, depositions and hearings. hearings. whatthey should do is send us. What they should do is send us. The 71 documents he’s refusing the 71 documents he’s refusing to provide and send the to provide and send the witnesses that he’s blocked from witnesses that he’s blocked from testifying. testifying.

In a poll they said the in a poll they said the president should provide the president should provide the witnesses, he’s blocking. witnesses, he’s blocking. , if you don’t, provide the. If you don’t, provide the witnesses, most people assume witnesses. Most people assume you have something to hide. You have something to hide. , chairman schiff has said the chairman schiff has said the investigation will continue. Even investigation will continue even asimpeachment on the house side as impeachment on the house. Side ends for now. ends for now.

What happens if an evidentiary? What happens if an evidentiary bombshell falls into your lap in bombshell falls into your lap in february february? By then impeachment on the house by then impeachment on the house is done. The trial wraps up. is done. The trial wraps up. What happens then? What happens then? we’ll continue to legislate. We’Ll continue to legislate. by the way, we’re passing a by the way we’re passing a trade deal tomorrow. Pull back trade deal tomorrow, pull back the salt tax break. That was the salt tax break that was taken, away.

taken, away. butwe’re also going to continue, but we’re also going to continue to investigate and litigate in to investigate and litigate in the courts. the courts. we’re going to hold this we’re going to hold this president accountable. President accountable. , when you check him the right when you check him, the right thing can happen. thing: can happen. we’re going to continue to check we’re going to continue to check him. him. any concern that impeachment any concern that impeachment might have a Blowback effect and might have a blowback effect and the democratic majority such the democratic majority such that it exists right now, won’t that it exists right now. Won’T exist into the next cycle.



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