Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic donors stuck in shopping phase of primary Five takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing Top Judiciary Republican to Swalwell: 'Stop running for president' MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE will either be impeached by Congress or by voters, saying he would rather impeachment happen at "the ballot box."

In an interview on MSNBC's "The Last Word," Swalwell was asked about the possibility of impeachment, and whether he thought such an action was possible under the House's new Democratic majority.

"Look, Donald Trump is either going to be impeached by the Congress or impeached at the ballot box," Swalwell said Thursday. "It's really a race as to which is going to happen first."


"As Speaker Pelosi said, I'd rather see it done at the ballot box but we're not going to shirk our responsibility and give him the presidential immunity he's enjoyed," the California Democrat added.

Swalwell went on to say that by Trump's own standard, the president would have faced impeachment by now due to Trump's own history of "wild accusations" and demands for his opponents, namely 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE, to be thrown in jail.

"If this was Donald Trump justice, Donald Trump would already be impeached by now," Swalwell added. "Because he makes wild accusations, rushes to judgement, doesn't rely on any evidence. That's not what's going to happen [in Congress]."

"We're going to look at the Mueller report, we're going to look at the Emoluments Clause, we're going to look at these other abuses of power, and if there is evidence we're going to follow it, we're going to run it down, put together a report and seek bipartisan buy-in," he said.

Swalwell, who won reelection in November, is considered a potential 2020 primary contender for the Democrats and previously told reporters that he would discuss the potential of mounting a run for president over the holidays with his family.

"I've asked my mom to stop talking to Politico. Just kidding. No news to report. Yet," Swalwell told The Hill in November.

“Absolutely I’m looking at it, and I’m going to talk with my family over the holiday,” he later told Fox News.