Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell suggested Attorney General William Barr’s assessment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report—the one which exonerated Trump and said there was no charges or evidence of collusion—was wrong.
Democrats wanted Special Counsel Mueller to trap Trump, to get the ball rolling on impeachment, to cripple him with a legal fight, literally anything besides clear him of any wrongdoing—as it did—so Swalwell is pushing back on the report.
As Politico reports, the California congressman said Sunday
“He certainly acts on Russia’s behalf,“ Swalwell continued. “And it’s a claim from someone who also worked as a prosecutor for seven years and had the responsibility of looking at evidence and putting it before a jury.
“He also acts like Russia’s leader,” he added. “He attacks our free press. He acts in such a lawless way, and what we’re seeing most recently, telling a Customs and Border official that he would pardon him if he broke the law. And he puts his family in charge and in positions of power.”
As Politico also reports, the Democrat also said there should be limits on the Second Amendment because it “is not an absolute right.”
“The greatest threat to the Second Amendment is doing nothing,” Swalwell claimed. “And the Second Amendment is not an absolute right. Just like free speech — you can’t shout fire in a theater or lie about the products you are selling. You can’t own a bazooka, you can’t own a tank, you can’t own rocket-propelled grenades.“
“So we should put some limits in place,” he continued. “And I think the American people are with me. I’m no longer intimidated by the NRA. The moms and the kids, they’re behind us on this issue. And I think it just takes leadership in Washington.”
Here’s more form Politico:
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Swalwell last year proposed a ban on “possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons.” The government would offer to buy those guns to get them out of circulation.
Under Swalwell’s plan, people who don’t agree to sell back their military-style weapons could face jail time. But, he said: “I also offer an alternative, which would be to keep them at a hunting club or a shooting range. And the reason I have proposed this is because these weapons are so devastating.“
Swalwell said his plan would allow gun owners to continue to have pistols, rifles and shotguns. His proposal would also add background checks and fund violence prevention programs in cities, he said.
The congressman did not specify whether he would urge Congress to pass a law or seek executive action on his own.