Swalwell: Trump delaying end of Russia probe with refusal to testify

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellChris Wallace: 'Just insane' Swalwell is talking impeaching Trump again McCarthy says Trump did not interfere in Roger Stone case House intelligence briefing on worldwide threat assessment delayed MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE is just delaying the end of the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling by refusing to testify. 

"I think they're [Trump's legal team] actually a little defensive as people are starting to realize well Peter Strzok, he raised his right hand and went under oath. James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBlagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prison Free Roger Stone The Hill's Morning Report - In Nevada, bets on Sanders, eyes on Bloomberg MORE, he raised his right hand and went under oath. People are going to start to ask 'well if they're so willing to answer questions for so long, why can't the president go talk to Bob Mueller, where he's actually already been given the questions,' " Swalwell said to Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"People start to want the Mueller investigation to wrap up, as the Trump campaign says over and over, but the person who's stopping that is the person who's not answering the questions, that's the president," he continued. 

Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Trump flexes pardon power with high-profile clemencies MORE said last month that he does not want the president to testify as a part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation due to the revelation that the president dictated a letter about a 2016 meeting between his campaign aides and a Russian lawyer. 

"This is the reason you don’t let the president testify," Giuliani said, adding that the revelation would create a problem in an FBI interview if "our recollection keeps changing, or we’re not even asked a question and somebody makes an assumption."

The president has often said that he would be willing to sit down with Mueller as apart of the probe and has continually called the probe a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” being used by Democrats to explain the loss in the 2016 presidential election. 

— Julia Manchester