Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'

Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill California lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Chris Wallace: 'Just insane' Swalwell is talking impeaching Trump again 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 BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket 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 BoltonOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Bolton's lost leverage Azar downplays chance Trump will appoint coronavirus czar 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 MulvaneyWhite House preparing to ask Congress for funds to combat coronavirus: report Tucker Carlson calls out Mick Mulvaney on immigration remarks: 'Dishonest and stupid' Trump furious after officials allowed Americans with coronavirus to fly home with other passengers: report MORE had exculpatory testimony to offer, the White House would send them in “on horses.”