California Democrat Eric Swalwell has cautioned his colleagues about impeachment talk ahead of the midterms, warning that they don’t have the proof they need to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump.
We don’t want to be as reckless with the facts as he is,” Swalwell said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “I think having thorough investigations, putting forth an impenetrable case, doing it in a bipartisan way is the proper way to do this, but we’re not there yet.”
“The best thing we can do is promise the American people if we are given the majority we will conduct the investigations Republicans are unwilling to conduct, including this campaign finance violation, including the questions around his contacts with the Russians and including his tax returns, which the American people have not seen but I promise a Democratic majority will ensure they do see.”
Democrats have been divided on the issue of impeachment heading into the midterms, with top leadership like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) pushing back against the prospect.
“I don’t like to talk about impeachment,” Pelosi said in May. “Impeachment is not a political tool. It has to be based on just the law and the facts.”
“Impeachment is not something that is a partisan exercise. Unless you have bipartisanship, you’re just acting politically,” she added.
But other Democrats, such as Reps. Al Green (D-TX) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) are all too excited about impeaching Trump.
“The president does not have to commit a crime to be impeached,” Green said Friday.
Rep. Al Green (D-TX) says that Trump “does not have to commit a crime to be impeached,” adding that he should be impeached for “harming society.” pic.twitter.com/b1x6okiS0D
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