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 SwalwellBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings Mulvaney admission deals blow to White House impeachment defense Testimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense MORE (D-Calif.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said Tuesday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's report brought Democrats "closer" to impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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.