Eric Swalwell: Thank God the Whistleblower Came Forward
This week has featured the most dramatic days in Donald Trump’s presidency. Nancy Pelosi announced that Congress would start in impeachment inquiry. And pressure from the Democrats and the media led to the White House releasing the contents of a recent Trump call with Ukranian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
All of the tumult from the week would not have been possible if it wasn’t for a recent White House whistle-blower. Appearing with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, California congressman Eric Swalwell praised the whistleblower for bringing the current matter to the public’s attention.
As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Swalwell was able to read the whistleblower’s complaint on Wednesday. He told Matthews, “Chris, I can tell you what’s described in the complaint is deeply disturbing.”
The congressman then told the host, “The acting director of national intelligence prohibits me from even connecting it to the president’s call with Ukraine.”
Swalwell, who spent time as the deputy district attorney of Alameda Country, was thankful for the whistleblower. He told Matthews:
“But I’ll just say this, the whistleblower — thank God this person came forward — lays out witnesses we need to follow up with, documents that we need to get and also describes a number of individuals around this disturbing conduct who never came forward. That’s what’s really concerning to me.”
The California congressman was not the only lawmaker taken aback by the report. GOP Senator Ben Sasse said, “There are real troubling things here Republicans ought not just circle the wagons and Democrats ought not be using words like ‘impeach’ before they knew anything about the actual substance.”
NEW: After seeing whistleblower complaint tonight, @SenSasse says: "There are real troubling things here Republicans ought not just circle the wagons and Democrats ought not be using words like “impeach” before they knew anything about the actual substance."
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) September 25, 2019