Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'

Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellKey takeaways from first public impeachment hearing Kent, Taylor say they're not 'Never Trumpers' after Trump Twitter offensive Live coverage: House holds first public impeachment hearing MORE (D-Calif.) said depositions in the House's impeachment inquiry have already established an “extortion scheme” by the White House.

“It’s important that the president has due process, and evidence is not a conclusion,” Swalwell said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. “We have enough evidence from the depositions that we’ve done to warrant bringing this forward, evidence of an extortion scheme using taxpayer dollars to ask a foreign government to investigate the president’s opponents."

Despite this, Swalwell added, “It’s important that these witnesses raise their right hands and take questions from both Republicans and Democrats… It’s important that the Republicans are afforded the opportunity to suggest which witnesses we should call and we’ll decide whether that’s relevant.”

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Asked by Brennan whether the House would call former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE’s son Hunter, as recommended by Republicans, Swalwell responded “as Chairman Schiff has said, we’re not going to go back in time and revisit conspiracy theories that were implicated in the president’s call,” but echoed colleague Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) in saying other names on the GOP list would likely be called.

Brennan also asked Swalwell about the House’s unwillingness to wait to resolve in court whether former National Security Advisor John BoltonJohn BoltonAre Democrats building a collapsible impeachment? Live coverage: House holds first public impeachment hearing Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE could be compelled to testify.

“We’ve heard from three of his deputies who have provided consistent testimony on what was going on with this shakedown scheme,” Swalwell said.

“We don’t have time for an upcoming election that could be compromised by the president’s conduct,” he added, saying that if Bolton or acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyKent, Taylor say they're not 'Never Trumpers' after Trump Twitter offensive GOP counsel acknowledges 'irregular channel' between U.S. and Ukraine The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings MORE had exculpatory testimony to offer, the White House would send them in “on horses.”