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

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Vindman defends witnesses from 'cowardly' attacks at third day of hearings Swalwell on flatulence allegation: Total exoneration Trump attacks Pence aide who called Ukraine call 'inappropriate' MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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 Comey3 reasons why impeachment fatigue has already set in Day 2 impeachment ratings drop by more than 1 million from first day Chris Wallace on Yovanovitch testimony: 'If you're not moved, you don't have a pulse' 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 GiulianiDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings MORE said last month that he does not want the president to testify as a part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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