Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is eyeing more than one way to get President Donald Trump out of office.
The California congressman discussed the prospect of impeachment with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday evening but expressed his preference for Trump to be removed by the American voters in the next election.
“Well, Donald Trump is either gonna be impeached by the Congress or impeached at the ballot box,” Swalwell said. “It’s really a race as to which one will happen first.”
Swalwell continued by saying that he would prefer to see Trump leave office as a result of an electoral defeat, but he wouldn’t rule out impeachment if it was warranted. But the congressman also cautioned that House Democrats would not rush to judgment in a manner similar to how Trump acts:
“I think for the sake of Democracy, just as Speaker Pelosi said, I’d rather see it done at the ballot box, but we’re not gonna shirk our responsibility and give him the presidential immunity he’s enjoyed. Lawrence, also, if this was Donald Trump justice, Donald Trump would already be impeached by now because he makes wild accusations, rushes to judgment, doesn’t really on any evidence — that’s not what’s gonna happen [in Congress].”
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On the topic of investigations into the Trump administration, Swalwell said his priority would be issues that impact “everyday Americans,” citing the gutting of protections for pre-existing medical conditions as one example.
“But also the rule of law,” he added. “We all have to follow the law. No one is above it, and that certainly applies to the president.”
Swalwell also argued that Democrats need to explain to the American people why the expected oversight investigations carried out by the Democratic House majority matter to them.
The California congressman has been the subject of some 2020 presidential speculation after a recent trip to Iowa. One person close to Swalwell told Politico in November that the congressman is “definitely running” in 2020.