Swalwell: Impeachment 'maybe the only road to save the country'

Swalwell: Impeachment 'maybe the only road to save the country'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael Swalwell'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Swalwell: Barr has taken Michael Cohen's job as Trump's fixer The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential candidate, stopped short of calling for the impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE on Sunday, but did say that impeachment might be the only way to "save the country."

"This president is taking us down that road," Swalwell said while appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation." "It's maybe the only road to save the country."

He did call for the impeachment of Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWillie Brown: Kamala Harris should 'politely decline' any offer to be Biden's running mate Barr: The left 'believes in tearing down the system' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead MORE

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"I'll tell you with the attorney general, I think we should move to impeach him first," he said. 

Swalwell, who is on the House Judiciary Committee, added that the White House needs to see some kind of consequences for its actions. 

"We have a really bad kid at the White House and unless we start showing that there are consequences for their actions, he's only going to get worse and the next kid, the next president is going to look at what we did now and judge their actions based on whether there were consequences or not," he said. 

"So we have to start taking this president seriously and speaking the only language they know, which is force and consequence," he added. 

After the publication of the special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) 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 report, a few Democrats called to impeach the president or look into impeaching him. Democratic leadership, however, did not call for impeachment. 

After revelations last week that Mueller objected to Barr's summary of his Russia probe report, several Democratic presidential candidates called upon Barr to step down. 

Swalwell is among more than 20 people competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.