2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) still isn’t backing down from his assertations that President Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to win the 2016 election, months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into the matter found otherwise.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Swalwell — who advocated for jailing gun owners should they not comply with his proposed mandatory “assault weapon” ban and buyback program — was called out by host Chris Wallace for his March claim that Trump engaged in collusion with the Kremlin.
At the time, Swalwell alleged the president colluded when he invited them to “hack more,” even though the Mueller report released days later “directly contradict[ed]” his statement. Wallace also showed a quote from the report stating Mueller “did not establish” a conspiracy to collude between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Swalwell immediately refuted the presented evidence, claiming Mueller’s report “did not say that” and that a previous Congress’ “failure of imagination to specifically articulate a crime of collusion” does not mean “a future Congress shouldn’t say, ‘We don’t want this to happen.'”
The California Democrat went on to say he “respect[s]” Mueller’s “finding” but does not “accept” that this is “what we want a president or candidate to do.”
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Wallace then pressed Swalwell again on his previous comments, clarifying what the president said during a 2016 news conference following news that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked, and was taken aback that Swalwell could “possibly think that was collusion.”
Swalwell responded by doubling down on his claim again, saying that he does not “believe in coincidences with the Russians.”
Swalwell: “The Mueller report lays out that [the Russians] undertook more hacking within hours —”
Wallace: “You think that was an order from Donald Trump? You don’t think that the Russians were probably, in fact, probably already doing it?”
Swalwell: “I don’t believe in coincidences with the Russians.”
This is not the first time Swalwell refused to back down from his claims.
As IJR Red previously reported, last month he was presented with a montage of his previous collusion comments during an MSNBC interview after which he maintained his previous claims, saying there is “evidence of collusion and coordination there” even in the face of Mueller’s two-volume report.