Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'

Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMeghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign Gaetz, on the ropes, finds few friends in GOP GOP leader says Gaetz would lose committee seat if charges true 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 taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration 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 BoltonColin Kahl's nomination will be a disaster for Israel and the region Why is the Biden administration more interested in confrontation than cooperation? Trump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: 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 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.”