Congressman Eric Swalwell speaks with the two New Hampshire Democratic state and its representatives at the Red arrow Diner in Manchester.
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MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Congressman and likely presidential candidate Eric Swalwell says that if the Democrats take a majority in the house of representatives, in the next month, President Donald Trump “will be held accountable.”
And in a conversation with Fox News and the local New Hampshire news organizations, the California Democrat is not “some vanity project stressed that he is “seriously on the search for the President” and added that his potential White house bid.”
Discuss Trump, Swalwell said, “we now have more evidence than ever before that he – the President – was in connection with a criminal campaign and a criminal transition and presides today over a criminal presidency.”
Swalwell the comments came after a very difficult week for the President, argue with a growing number of studies in the White house and federal prosecutors that Trump staged to buy the redemption of two alleged former lover, her silence during the 2016 campaign.
Trump, in his first interview since Michael Cohen was convicted and sentenced to prison, told Fox News on Thursday that he never directed by his former longtime lawyer and fixer something wrong.
Note on the current GOP-controlled house and the Senate, Swalwell, said Trump “has enjoyed for two years the President’s immunity. So those days are over. He will be held accountable, and in many ways, regardless of what happens with impeachment, we can intervene, we can stop his worst instincts of materializing, where it would hurt the American people.”
The Congressman warned that the incoming democratic majority in the house rush to accuse the President. But he added that the trombone “could be accused of.”
“If that is the case, it is presented on the basis of an air-tight case, cross-party buy-in occurred, and to understand the American people why what he’s done has crossed the red lines. But we’re not there yet, and we don’t want to be so reckless with the truth, as the President was,” he added.
Swalwell, a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN, who sits on the high profile House Intelligence Committee, was re-elected last month for a fourth term representing California’s 15 electoral district, which covers most of Eastern Alameda County, and parts of central Contra Costa County.
Asked about a timeline to decide on a White house bid, Swalwell, said: “I am still the people speak, and I expect a decision after the first year or in the first quarter.”
“I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen around the country – in New Hampshire, Iowa, I will be in South Carolina next week – what is the change in the appetite for fat, something large and to do good. And they want candidates that are going to give new energy and ideas and leadership, and I think I can offer that,” he added.
Swalwell was interviewed at the Red Arrow Diner in downtown Manchester. The legendary eatery is a must-stop for White house hopefuls. Swalwell was his second trip in less than two months after New Hampshire, the state that held for a century, the first primary in the race for the presidency.
If he starts, what would be considered a longshot bid for the democratic nomination, Swalwell said he was confident he could compete with competitors with big names and bigger budgets.
Spotlighting his working-class roots, he said, “I’m connected to the American people and the American experience. I was the first in my family to go to college. I have a young family, two children under two. I still have student loan debt. I understand that the Americans want to fight and grit.”
“From day to day, I’m going to come again and again to New Hampshire, I will listen, I will learn, and you (the voters) to see someone who is stressed not only for you, but is one of them,” he said.
Swalwell also announced that his activity as a Deputy Prosecutor in Alameda County, and his years in Congress, said: “in my experience, I would say, take me to the top of the field in the national security experience, if the Democratic candidate goes to three terms on the house Intelligence Committee, and also a term on the Homeland Security Committee. I know the threats that our country stands for.”
Swalwell met with Democratic lawmakers and activists during his trip to the Granite State. And he concluded his visit with a stop at the New Hampshire young Democrats annual Christmas party.
At 38, Swalwell one of the youngest candidates would be in a field that could possibly contenders up to 20. But Swalwell, who is 39 years younger than sen Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said his age is the business card.
“We can’t expect to solve the same old leaders, same old problems,” Swalwell. “I think if we want to get out of this rut, out of this collapse, we are going to have to move on to the next generation of leaders.”