Swalwell: Impeach Barr, Then Trump: ‘Move This Obstructer Out of the Way’

By Susan Jones | May 6, 2019 | 7:08am EDT
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "I'm recommending that we impeach Attorney General Barr, so that we can get the information we need to protect our country," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Swalwell, one of many Democrats running for president, also wants to see President Trump impeached: "It's maybe the only road to save the country," he said. "But, right now, you know, I will tell you. With the attorney general, I think we should move to impeach him first."

Swalwell noted that the United States "was attacked by the Russians in 2016," and he said that's what Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee wanted to discuss with Barr last Thursday. (Last Wednesday, Senate Democrats wanted to discuss Barr’s alleged lying to Congress and other matters of a political, not a national security, nature.)

"The basic function of a government is to protect its people from a foreign attack," Swalwell said. "And we needed the attorney general to come to Congress, a separate branch of power, and tell us what the Russians did, who they worked with, and what we could do next.

"And he chose not to show up. And there's going to be consequences for that. And that was highlighted by another colleague of mine. But the bigger issue here is, he didn't show up."

Some House Judiciary Committee Democrats mocked Barr as a "chicken" when he refused to testify before the House Judiciary Committee last Thursday. Barr objected to having staff attorneys question him.

Host Margaret Brennan asked Swalwell about his specific “issue” with Barr that would prompt him to talk about impeachment:

Swalwell responded:

Well, first, he prejudged the (Mueller) report before he even became attorney general. I think he should have never been confirmed, but, once confirmed, should have recused.

Second, he falsely accused the Obama administration of spying on the Trump campaign. Third, he mischaracterized at the press conference and to Congressman Crist what Bob Mueller's view was on the report.

And, finally and most importantly, he missed the deadline last week to give us the full Mueller report. There have to be consequences for that. For that reason, I think you have to move this obstructer out of the way.

Swalwell previously has called Trump an agent of the Russians, and he did not back off on that Sunday, despite the special counsel's finding of no Trump-Russia conspiracy:

"The Mueller team was not even allowed to look at the financial entanglements," Swalwell said. "So, I think it's really hard to draw a conclusion about conspiracy if they couldn't look at the president's tax returns, if they couldn't look at the president's loans--"

"You still believe he's an agent of Russia?" Brennan interrupted.

"I think he acts on their behalf," Swalwell responded, comparing Trump to a child:

"Now, I'm a father a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old. We're going through the terrible 2's. When my son misbehaves, we take a toy away. We know if we don't do that, he's only going to get worse.

"We have a really bad kid at the White House. And unless we start showing that there are consequences for their actions, he's only going to get worse. And the next kid, the next president is going to look at what we did now and judge their actions based on whether there were consequences or not.

"So we have to start taking this president seriously and speaking the only language they know, which is force and consequence."

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