Eric Swalwell’s Trump remark on CNN crosses line, sparks Americans’ Twitter furor

Rep. Eric Swalwell came under fire after commenting that President Trump must be guilty because of his actions in defending himself.

The California Democrat and former 2020 contender set off a firestorm of social media criticism after comments he made while speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.

(Video: CNN)

Swalwell’s remarks came as he discussed Trump’s refusal to cooperate with House Democrats in the impeachment inquiry and send requested documents and allow witnesses to appear in hearings.

“Unless you send those to us, we can only conclude that you’re guilty,” Swalwell said, addressing his comments to the president during his CNN interview.

“In America, innocent men do not hide and conceal evidence,” he added. “In fact, Wolf, they do just the opposite. They are forthcoming and they want to cooperate and the president is acting like a very guilty person right now.”

Swalwell’s ignorant remark prompted a telling observation from Ben Williamson, communications director for Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

“I believe the Fifth Amendment was just repealed on live television,” Williamson tweeted Tuesday and was joined by many other Twitter users who also slammed the Democrat.

Earlier Tuesday, Swalwell had also been called out for his outrageous take on Trump’s supposed stonewalling by using the example of drug testing in Major League Baseball. The president has blocked a few witnesses from testifying before Congress in what he has called a “sham” impeachment and “witch hunt” against him.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been called to testify but have not appeared in House impeachment inquiry hearings.

“Why won’t @realDonaldTrump send witnesses or documents to Congress? Because he’d test dirty,” he tweeted.

Twitter users let Swalwell have it after his ridiculous argument and accusations against the president.


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