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 SwalwellGreene heckles Democrats and they fire back on Capitol steps Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential candidate, stopped short of calling for the impeachment of President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump 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 BarrTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.