Trump impeachment manager Swalwell on trial: ‘If the Senate allows witnesses, we will be ready with witnesses’

Trump impeachment manager Swalwell on trial: ‘If the Senate allows witnesses, we will be ready with witnesses’

Rep.
Eric
Swalwell,
who
will
help
prosecute former

President
Trump for
“incitement
of
insurrection,”
said
House
impeachment
managers
are
prepared
to
call
witnesses
at
the
upcoming
Senate
trial. 

“If
the
Senate
allows
witnesses,
we
will
be
ready
with
witnesses,”
Swalwell,
D-Calif.,
told
MSNBC
Saturday
morning.

MSNBC
host
Tiffany
Cross
told
Swalwell
she’d
like
to
see
Trump’s
inner
circle
called
to
testify
before
the
Senate
trial
about
their
speeches
at
the
“Stop
the
Steal”
rally
on
Jan.
6
that
precipitated
the
Capitol
riot,
including
Trump’s
eldest
son
Don
Jr.
and
Trump
lawyer
Rudy
Giuliani.


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IMPEACHMENT
TRIAL
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WEEK
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8,
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SAYS

Swalwell
didn’t
say
specifically
if
Trump’s
confidants
would
be
called
but
suggested
the
witness
list
could
be
far-reaching
because
so
many
people
were
impacted
when
a
pro-Trump
mob stormed
the
Capitol,
leaving
five
people
dead,
including
Capitol
Police
Officer
Brian
Sicknick.

Impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Impeachment
manager
Rep.
Eric
Swalwell,
D-Calif.,
walks
on
Capitol
Hill
in
Washington,
Wednesday,
Jan.
13,
2021.
(AP
Photo/Susan
Walsh)

“It’s
not
only
the
people
who
had
knowledge
of
what
the
president
knew,”
Swalwell
said.
“The
American
people
saw
the
police
officers
who
were
beaten
and
spit
on
and
stampeded

50
of
them
injured
and
almost
20
of
them
hospitalized,
one
of
them
killed.
The
cafeteria
workers
who
ran
for
their
lives
as
well.
There’s
a
lot
of
witnesses
to
this
crime.”

Swalwell
said
this
trial
would
be
different
than
the
impeachment
of
Trump
a
year
ago
over soliciting
foreign
intervention
from
Ukraine
into
the
2020
presidential
election.
That’s
because
the
senators
are
not
just
jurors,
but
also
witnesses
to
the
insurrection
who
“ran
for
their
lives,”
he
said.

Witnesses
were
not
allowed
by
the
then-GOP-controlled
Senate
in
the
previous
impeachment
trial.

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House
impeachment
managers
will
frame
the
riot
as
a
premeditated
attack
orchestrated by
Trump,
Swalwell
said. 

“This
was
not
a
heated
passion
crime.
This
didn’t
happen
spontaneously with
words
just
slipping
out
Donald
Trump’s
mouth
at
that
rally.
For
months
he
had
propagated
this
big
lie
to
radicalize
these
terrorists
[and]
to
call

the calvary
to
Washington,
and
he
called
it
‘stop
the
steal,'”
Swalwell
said.  

“And
if
you’re
not
an
elected
representative,
the
only
way
that
you
can
stop
the
steal is
by
taking
a
physical
act.
He
told
them,
don’t
show
weakness,
you
will
lose
your
country
if
you
don’t
fight,”
Swalwell
continued. 

“And
then,
most
importantly,
for
two
hours they
attacked
the
Capitol
and
the
president
said
nothing.”


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The
impeachment
process
will
formally
move
from
the
House to
the
Senate
on
Monday
evening.
Swalwell
is
one
of
nine
impeachment
managers,
led
by Democratic
Rep.
Jamie
Raskin
of
Maryland.
They
are
joined
by
Reps.
Diana
DeGette
of
Colorado,
David
Cicilline
of
Rhode
Island, Joaquin
Castro
of
Texas, Ted
Lieu
of
California,
Stacey
Plaskett
of
the
Virgin
Islands,
Madeleine
Dean
of
Pennsylvania and
Joe
Neguse
of
Colorado.

The
trial
is
expected
to
kick
off
in
earnest
on
Feb.
9
so
Trump
will
have
time
to
ready
his
legal
defense.
Trump
was
impeached
in
the
House
for
“incitement
of
insurrection”
one
week
after
rioters
broke
into
the
Capitol
in
an
attempt
to
stop
Congress
from
certifying
Joe
Biden
as
president.  

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Republicans
have
been
divided
on
whether
Trump
bears
responsibility
for
the
insurrection.
In
order
to
convict
the
former
president,
17
GOP
senators
would
have
to
join
with
all
Democrats
in
the
Senate
for
a
supermajority
vote.

Since
Trump’s
term
is
over,
the
biggest
penalty
he faces
is
being
barred
from
running
for
office
again. 

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