Eric Swalwell: impeachment veteran returns for another pass


WASHINGTON – Rep. Eric Swalwell approaches his duties as impeachment official both as a seasoned prosecutor and a vocal critic of President Trump in recent years.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Swalwell spent seven years in the Alameda, California district attorney’s office, and was the office’s senior prosecutor for hate crimes.

Since his election to Congress in 2012, he has risen to prominence through positions on the House Intelligence and Justice Committees, roles in which he helped investigate evidence against the President during his time in office. first dismissal in 2019.

Mr. Swalwell has often come into public conflict with Mr. Trump over what he has described as the president’s lack of leadership during times of crisis. In 2018, as the deadliest wildfires in California history blanketed his neighborhood in smoke and ash, Mr. Swalwell was among the loudest voices demanding action from Mr. Trump on climate change and regularly made television appearances berating the president for not doing more to support. the state.

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Even before the first impeachment campaign, Mr Swalwell had aggressively lobbied to investigate the president’s conduct and uncover details of his relationship with Russia. Along with Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, he pursued action within the Intelligence Committee to subpoena Marina Gross, the interpreter who was the only other American in the room during a meeting between Mr. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia who raised questions about the nature of the president’s relationship with an adversary. He also helped draft a subpoena requiring former special advocate Robert S. Mueller III to testify before Congress, helping to set the stage for the president’s first impeachment.

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Mr Swalwell took his criticism of the president to a wider stage during a brief run for the Democratic presidential nomination, frequently clashing with Mr Trump publicly as the impeachment process simmers back – plan.

“What we need to do now in Congress is determine how we hold it to account,” Mr. Swalwell said in an interview with the New York Times Editorial Board in June 2019. “What we do next is not will not only assure us that it checks an uncontrollable and abusive executive, but it also sets the standard for future presidents.

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