Swalwell to DNI: 'You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration'

Swalwell to DNI: 'You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellLawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump Democratic lawmaker: Expelling Turkey from NATO 'should be on the table' Top State Department official arrives for testimony in impeachment probe MORE (D-Calif.) called on acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire on Friday to release the contents of a whistleblower complaint centering on President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE's contact with a foreign leader to Congress.

In an interview with CNN's "New Day," the former 2020 presidential candidate and member of the House Intelligence Committee hit the Trump administration for "lawless" behavior surrounding the whistleblower complaint, which involves a talk between Trump and a foreign leader.

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“If the acting DNI is listening … I want him to know: You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration. You could send this information right to Congress. You would be a patriot, and you would save us from a potential national security risk,” Swalwell said Friday.

"They won [in 2016,] and so now, why not go to a foreign government and ask them to go after your opponent?" he continued, referring to reports that the Trump administration has urged Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE, the current 2020 Democratic front-runner. "We have to make it very clear, if that is indeed what happened, that we're not going to tolerate it."

Democrats have sharply criticized Trump over reports that his administration sought Ukraine's aid in investigating Biden.