House Judiciary Dem says it's premature to talk about Trump impeachment

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGOP ekes out win in return of Congressional Baseball Game Greene heckles Democrats and they fire back on Capitol steps Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Monday that removing President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE from office isn't their focus right now, though he did not rule out impeachment efforts at a later date.

“I think that’s premature at this point — we should do all we can to make sure that he’s held accountable, that we conduct the investigations the Republicans have been unwilling to do.” Swalwell told Hill.TV’s “Rising” on Monday.

“If impeachment is the case, it’s because we found impenetrable evidence that we take to the American people and will be accepted by both Republicans and Democrats,” he added.

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress looks to strengthen government's aging cyber infrastructure Maxine Waters says her Twitter account has been hacked On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Senate slowly walks back from debt disaster MORE (D-Calif.) has repeatedly called for Trump’s impeachment, as have other Democratic lawmakers, though the party's leadership have yet to join in the push.

In May, Waters said removing Trump from office was the “only option” for Democrats following his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump has faced harsh criticism over his rhetoric, his hardline policies and his friendly relationship with Russia, but any possible impeachment effort is likely doomed while Republicans control both houses of Congress.

Swalwell thinks Democrats need to instead address the issues that Americans care about most if they want to stand a chance in the upcoming midterm elections. 

“If we’re talking about that right now at home, we’re not talking to people about how they can grow their paychecks, how they can expand their healthcare coverage, how they can have careers they can count on and see improvements in the investments we make in their kids, Swalwell said. ”That's what most people care about — it's not impeachment."

— Tess Bonn