Swalwell on pace of impeachment: 'There's an urgency to make sure the election and the ballot box have integrity'

Swalwell on pace of impeachment: 'There's an urgency to make sure the election and the ballot box have integrity'
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump visits a ventilator plant in a battleground state MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday defended the pace of the House’s impeachment inquiry amid court battles over witness testimony, saying speed was necessary with the 2020 Democratic primaries looming.

“Most importantly the president invoked an upcoming election – there’s an urgency to make sure the election and the ballot box have integrity, and if he’s asking a foreign government to interfere, we are on the clock to make sure that election is protected,” Swalwell told anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Jobs numbers show 'the political resilience of Donald Trump' Sessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Cornel West: 'We're witnessing the collapse of the legitimacy of leadership' MORE on “Fox News Sunday.”

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“This court process is a 9-to-12 month process, we could lose everything we value in our democracy waiting on the courts,” Swalwell added, saying that witnesses who have testified before the committee have already presented damning evidence against Trump.

Wallace countered that no one had testified thus far who could be compared to Watergate witnesses such as White House Counsel John Dean and White House Domestic Affairs Advisor John Ehrlichman in terms of first-hand knowledge.

“We don’t have as many courageous men in the White House but we do have a lot of the president’s appointees who have come forward,” Swalwell responded.

House Democrats earlier this month dropped an effort to compel former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE to testify, with an official saying they had "no interest in allowing the Administration to play rope-a-dope with us in the courts for months." A former aide to Bolton, Charles Kupperman, has asked the courts to determine whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena or listen to a White House directive to not testify.

Wallace also questioned Swalwell on polling indicating public support for impeachment has declined after showing a majority in favor in October.

“I’m not focused on the polls, I know my colleagues aren’t either… this president used his great vast power to ask a foreign government to help him cheat an election,” Swalwell responded.