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 SwalwellThe 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 Trump administration moves to formally withdraw US from WHO Swalwell: Trump 'makes us look like geniuses every day for impeaching him' 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 TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities 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 BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' Biden lets Trump be Trump 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.