Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell claims on Fox News that Mueller was wrong
Democratic 2020 hopeful Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) is still claiming that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into the matter confirmed otherwise.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Democrat Swalwell — an advocate for jailing gun owners should they not comply with his proposed gun-confiscation program — was called out by host Chris Wallace for still claiming that Trump engaged in collusion with the Kremlin.
In March, Swalwell alleged the president colluded by “inviting” Russia to “hack more,” despite the Mueller report “directly contradict[ing]” his statement.
Wallace also showed a quote from the report stating Mueller “did not establish” a conspiracy to collude between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Swalwell immediately refuted the presented evidence, claiming Mueller’s report “did not say that” and that a previous Congress’ “failure of imagination to specifically articulate a crime of collusion” does not mean “a future Congress shouldn’t say, ‘We don’t want this to happen.’”
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The California Democrat went on to say he “respect[s]” Mueller’s “finding” but does not “accept” that this is “what we want a president or candidate to do.
According to the Daily Caller, Wallace began by playing a clip of a March “Morning Joe” interview in which Swalwell had claimed Trump had “invited” Russians to “hack more” with regard to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, which he argued was an “invitation to collusion.”
Wallace then turned to Swalwell, pointing out the fact that the Mueller report had concluded that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, saying, “The Mueller report spent 22 months, looked at all the evidence, and it says you were wrong.”
“It did not say that,” he argued, adding that just because collusion isn’t illegal now doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be illegal.
“Actually, it played out 200 pages of contact between the campaigns and because a prior Congress had a failure of imagination to specifically articulate a crime of collusion doesn’t mean a future Congress shouldn’t say we don’t want this to happen.”
Wallace then took a shot at the example Swalwell gave in his earlier interview, saying, “Seriously, I remember that vividly.
“Most Americans do, it was in July after the hacking of the DNC and the president — then Donald Trump, holding a news conference, said, ‘if the Russians want to find those 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted, I’m sure the media will be interested in that’ — you can’t possibly think that’s collusion.”
Swalwell fired back, “What did the Russians do next?
“The Mueller report lays out that they undertook more hacking within hours of that.”
“You think that was an order from Donald Trump?” Wallace asked.
“You don’t think the Russians were already in fact probably already doing it?”
“I don’t believe in coincidences with the Russians,” Swalwell concluded.