Swalwell on impeachment: 'We're on that road' after Mueller report

Swalwell on impeachment: 'We're on that road' after Mueller report
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHickenlooper ends presidential bid Scenes from Iowa State Fair: Surging Warren, Harris draw big crowds Nadler hits gas on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said Tuesday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's report brought Democrats "closer" to impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE

Swalwell said in an interview on CNN's "New Day" that "we're on that road" after he was asked if he supports impeaching Trump.

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"And we certainly got closer after the Mueller report," he added. "I’m one of the persons that will have to prosecute that case and when I was a prosecutor for seven years, I always had my pencils sharpened, my subpoenas ready, my witness exhibits ready to be displayed right before I went in. Because I knew I’d get one shot. And here, we only get one shot.”

Swalwell added that he wants to see the full, unredacted Mueller report and have Mueller testify before Congress before making a final decision on impeachment. The California Democrat also predicted that Trump will ultimately "be removed" regardless of whether he is impeached.

“I’m confident that he’s going to be removed, whether it’s by the voters in November 2020 or by Congress. We’re near the end of Donald Trump," Swalwell said.

Some Democratic lawmakers in recent days have called for the party to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, though Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday appeared to urge caution on talk of impeachment.

"While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth. It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the President accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings," she wrote in a letter to House Democrats.