Eric Swalwell: Trump Will ‘Either Be Impeached By Congress or Impeached at the Ballot Box’


Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) is one of several Democrats who have not been shy about raising the subject of impeaching Donald Trump, and Swalwell went so far as to say that it will come down to a “race” between Congress and the American people to remove Trump from office.

On Thursday night’s edition of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, host Lawrence O’Donnell asked Swalwell about recent comments by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in which she said it is possible to indict a president, and pointedly refused to rule out impeachment.

“I want to get your reaction today to the speaker’s comments about impeachment, which sounds like a change of tone from what she was saying during the campaign,” O’Donnell said.

“Well, Donald Trump is either going to be impeached by the Congress, or impeached at the ballot box,” Swalwell said. “It’s really a race as to which one will happen first. I think for the sake of democracy, just as Speaker Pelosi said, I’d rather see it done at the ballot box, but we’re not going to shirk our responsibility.”

Swalwell is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which is now under Democratic control, and which will exercise considerable power to investigate Trump.

Also on Thursday night, incoming Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) told a cheering crowd that ““We’re going to go in and impeach the motherfucker,” in reference to Trump.

During the midterms, Democrats tamped down talk of impeachment, but in the interim, several developments have made the possibility loom larger, including former Trump attorney Michael Cohen‘s implication of Trump in federal crimes.

While Democrats only need a simple majority to impeach Trump in the House, a two-thirds majority in the Senate is required to remove him from office. While that may seem like a longshot today, as Swalwell notes, the Mueller report is coming.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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