Dem: Trump firing Comey shows 'consciousness of guilt'

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is echoing former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's position that President Trump made a mistake firing FBI Director James Comey.
 
"I think firing Comey shows consciousness of guilt," Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which is probing ties between Trump's campaign and Russia's efforts to influence the presidential election, told The Hill. 
 
"If he didn't have anything to worry about, then why would you fire the person who was investigating you?" Swalwell added.
 
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Trump dismissed Comey in May. The FBI chief was at the time leading the federal investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia during last year's presidential race. Trump later said that "this Russia thing" was on his mind when he fired Comey.
 
Democrats have argued that Trump potentially obstructed justice in firing the person leading the federal Russia probe. Swalwell said that firing Comey could be used if a case is brought against Trump.