Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'

Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit Tech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push Justice in legal knot in Mo Brooks, Trump case 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.”

Asked by Brennan whether the House would call former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on 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 BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup 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 MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE had exculpatory testimony to offer, the White House would send them in “on horses.”