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O`DONNELL: If you are having trouble keeping track of the very long list of Trump scandals and Trump administration scandals, here is something that really helps. According to "Axios", Republicans on Capitol Hill are circulating a spreadsheet among themselves listing all of the Trump scandals they have refused to investigate as they prepare for what Democrats might investigate if Democrats take back the House in November.
Here is a Republicans list of potential Trump investigations according to "Axios", Trump`s tax returns, Trump family businesses, Trump`s dealings with Russia, the payment to Stormy Daniels, James Comey`s firing, Trumps` firing of U.S. attorneys, Trump`s proposed transgender banning for the military, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin`s business dealing, White House staff personal e-mail use, cabinet secretary travel, office expenses and other misused perks, discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago, Jared Kushner`s ethics law compliance., dismissal of members of the EPA Board of Scientific Councilors, the travel ban family separation policy, hurricane response in Puerto Rico, election security and hacking attempts and White House security clearances.
Republicans may hope that the list will scare the Trump base to the polls to protect Donald Trump from any of those investigations. But as Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell tweeted today, "House GOP went so far to make a list of objectionable conduct by Donald Trump."
So if they know, why won`t they investigate this stuff? Joining us now Congressman Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California and member of the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. And Congressman Swalwell, that was one of your angrier tweets about this, but it is kind of extraordinary to watch the Republicans basically draw up the preliminary outlines of an overall indictment of the ethics of the Trump administration, the Trump family. And then say the danger to the country is that this will be investigated if Democrats are elected.
ERIC SWALWELL, CALIFORNIA. Good evening, Lawrence. You almost went into Brian William`s hour there going through that list. But, you know, what was so concerning for me was that they know. And it`s as if a lawyer asked their client, you know, tell me everything that you did and they compiled this long list of their client`s exposure. Except, that`s the problem, the Republicans view Donald Trump as their client, as someone who they are supposed to protect. And they have put this list out there to their donors, to their base as a reason that they must keep the majority, not to investigate all of this alarming conduct but to protect the president from it.
And so thank you for the list, I say. And I can assure the American people if Democrats are given the responsibility of leading, we will look into all of this alarming conduct because we do believe that corruption is keeping us back from addressing issues of protecting health care, making sure paychecks grow and protecting our environment. So thank you to the Republicans, but we`ll do the right thing with the list.
O`DONNELL: And you may add a thing or two to that list including Congressman Wilbur Ross`s strange business dealings, to put it moderately, since he has been in office. I want to get your reaction to something the president said tonight about impeachment. He`s talking about impeachment more than ever because he`s obviously worried about a Democratic House beginning impeachment proceedings against him. And he said to Bloomberg, "You cannot impeach a president who is doing a good job." What is your
reaction to that?'
SWALWELL: He shouldn`t worry. We`re not going to impeach a president who`s doing a good job. The problem, though, is he is not a president who is doing a good job. But what we can assure him is that we will give him the fairest investigation that he`s never given anyone, that there will not be a rush to judgment, that we will conduct thorough investigations.
And if he has crossed red lines, he`s not above the law, and we will make sure an impenetrable bipartisan case is made to the American people. But yes, he doesn`t have to worry about someone doing a good job losing their job.
O`DONNELL: And the president now is talking about impeachment more than anyone else in Washington, more than any other elected official in Washington. He`s done it in his Fox News interview. He did it again in his Bloomberg interview today, talked about impeachment repeatedly. He offered the theory on impeachment that not only that you cannot impeach a president who is doing a good job, but that there is a very high bar to get over and that all legal scholars agree that it is impossible to reach that and anything like that in what we`ve seen of the evidence against Donald Trump.
What is your reaction to the president`s notion that there is nothing out there yet that would even begin to suggest the possibility of impeachment?
SWALWELL: There is certainly a lot out there, Lawrence, to investigate and probe. And, again, we will do that. But the reason he`s talking about impeachment is because he doesn`t want to talk about what every day Americans want to talk about and we`ll go to the polls on, their health care costs are going to go up as open enrollment starts this fall, that wages are in decline and that only the wealthiest have benefitted from his tax cuts.
As well as that right now, Lawrence, what we`re seeing in this country is that hardworking people continue to work hard and it is not adding up too much. Over 70 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings account. He doesn`t want us to talk about any of that or he doesn`t want us to talk about the fact that he just denied millions of Federal workers a pay increase that they rightfully deserve for working so hard. So we`re going to talk about those issues but we`re also going to be able to walk and chew gum and investigate his alarming conduct.
O`DONNELL: Congressman Eric Swalwell, thank you very much for joining us tonight.
SWALWELL: Yes, my pleasure.
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