Appearing on a Thursday morning interview with Yahoo News, Rep. Eric Swalwell claimed President Trump “makes us look like geniuses every day for impeaching him.”
“He was impeached for putting his personal interests above the country’s.” Swalwell argued “and again, it looks like that’s what’s happening here…Now, if these allegations are true and the Russians are paying for the lives of American soldiers on the battlefield, the cost is the blood of our soldiers and I think the American people will understand that.”
Per Yahoo, Swalwell insisted that the impeachment investigation, or at a minimum the threat of impeachment, forced the White House last September to release military aid for Ukraine that the president had withheld until the Ukrainian government cooperated with investigations he requested into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and that country’s role in the 2016 elections.
“Once we launched that investigation, that is what led to Ukraine getting the aid that they were supposed to get,” Swalwell said. “So if you check the president … ultimately you can get the right result. You know, Ukraine wouldn’t have gotten that aid if we had not opened that investigation.”
“I think we will only regret that we didn’t do more when it comes to President Trump,” said Swalwell. As for former national security adviser John Bolton’s claim that the House committed “impeachment malpractice” because the Ukraine-focused charges were too narrow, Swalwell was dismissive, and cited Bolton’s previous refusal to testify during the Senate trial in January.
“I mean it, it’s like a fireman showing up with his truck and hose after the building’s been burned to the ground and saying, ‘Um, I’m here, guys. And I’m ready to help.’ And then criticizing the folks who would try to put the fire out.”