2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and California Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) published a tweet on Mother’s Day targeting President Donald Trump and the first family, accusing them of conspiring with Russia to “undermine America’s democracy.”
In a tweet posted Sunday night, Swalwell — who announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in April — proclaimed that Mother’s Day was “a day to celebrate family” before continuing on to claim that the Trump family was “eager to work” with the Russians to “undermine America’s democracy.”
“Today is a day to celebrate family,” Swalwell tweeted. “Unless your family was eager to work with the Russians to undermine America’s democracy.”
The California Democrat also included a video of him in an MSNBC interview accusing the president and his son, Donald Trump, Jr., of having “lied about” meeting with the Russians and claiming that “no one believes that [President Trump] did not know about it.”
Watch the video here:
Today is a day to celebrate family.
Unless your family was eager to work with the Russians to undermine America's democracy. pic.twitter.com/2Knit2FDnG
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) May 13, 2019
“Donald Trump, Jr. the candidate’s son at the time took a meeting with Russians offering dirt and then it looks like they lied about it. And no one believes that his father did not know about it. There’s just no way, knowing everything I know from interviewing dozens of witnesses about this relationship.”
“So he still has, to the Senate at least, some explaining to do,” continued Swalwell. “And he should have to explain that.”
The Democratic congressman went on to say the “most frustrating thing” about the first family’s conduct is the president having “a victory toast” with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report found that the Russians interfered with the 2016 presidential election.
“What is so frustrating about the way that the Trump family has conducted themselves, and the way the president has conducted themselves, is we have this report from the Mueller team that our country was attacked, that the intelligence community says this attack is ongoing, and the president has a victory toast with Vladimir Putin when he calls him.”
“That is just nutty,” added the California congressman.
Swalwell is referencing Trump’s phone call with Putin earlier this month, which the president tweeted about, saying that “getting along with Russia, China, and everyone is a good thing.”
Additionally, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report also found that the 2016 Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russian government to win the election. The redacted version of the report was made public last month.
As IJR Red previously reported, Swalwell made a similar set of comments at the end of April, stating that he “think[s] [Trump] acts on Russia’s behalf.”