Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. confirmed Donald Trump’s worst fears on Thursday when he said “We’re going take an MRI to his finances.”
Swalwell works with Rep. Adam Schiff on the House Intelligence Committee and is also on the House Judiciary Committee, soon to be chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler. Both Schiff and Nadler have promised that when Democrats take over their committee will open in-depth investigations into the president and his finances, including global money laundering operations and payments he received from foreign countries. Nadler has said his committee will have to consider impeaching the president.
Trump reportedly has grown very nervous about the possibility of impeachment, and members of the incoming Democratic House majority say he has every reason to be.
He knows that the walls are closing in on him, and he has no strong allies in Congress or even within his own White House. According to NBC News recent development have prompted great concerns about the president’s future:
“Trump’s fear about the possibility has escalated as the consequences of federal investigations involving his associates and Democratic control of the House sink in, the sources said, and his allies believe maintaining the support of establishment Republicans he bucked to win election is now critical to saving his presidency.”
Trump has denied he is concerned and said that “it’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country.”
He also added, when asked if he was concerned that he would be impeached, “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.”
Yet recent disclosures from Michael Cohen and from American Media Inc. — the company which owns the National Enquirer have rattled the president. Both Cohen and AMI have cut deals with federal prosecutors and are providing evidence against Trump.
These developments will lead to House Democrats investigating Trump in many different areas, even though Trump said he wouldn’t cooperate with them on legislation if they investigated him.
But that approach will not fly with the Democrats who will soon control the House.
“We’re going to do both, and he doesn’t get to set the terms,” Swalwell told Salon, and then added:
“The American people set the terms, and they overwhelmingly sent a large majority to Congress. Leadership is working in a divided government trying to help the people who are counting on you and responding to lawful subpoenas that are sent over. We’re not going to be threatened or committed into not doing our job. The people who gave us the majority wouldn’t want us to do that anyway.”
“We’re going to conduct the oversight role that we are responsible for, especially where Republicans gave Donald Trump presidential immunity for two years. This guy has had two years of just free passes where he has not been reined in, and so, you’re essentially… it’s like essentially being responsible for a child for two years who’s had no rules and no accountability. It’s going to be a wake-up call for the President.”
“We’ll investigate where the Republicans didn’t, and that means filling in the gaps with the Russian investigation, that means seeing his taxes to see if his financial interests are driving foreign and domestic policy. That means looking at how people are cashing in on access that he gives them… how he’s cashing in on access that he gives people to the White House.”
“We’re going take an MRI to his finances,” Swalwell added.
When asked about the three-year prison sentence that Michael Cohen received from federal prosecutors on Wednesday, Swalwell said:
“I think it was an appropriate sentence, but also should be a warning shot to other people in Donald Trump’s orbit, that if you lie to try and protect the President there’s going to be a price to be paid.”
“The best thing you can do is to just come clean with investigators and not try and protect somebody completely unworthy of being protected.”