May 26, 2019

Eric Swalwell explains why Democrats are holding off on Trump impeachment

2020 presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell explained on Fox News Sunday why — despite being one of the party's most vocal critics of President Trump — he has found himself among the Democratic lawmakers who have advised against immediately moving forward with impeachment.

"No one is going to question how hard I fought while our democracy has been on the line, but I also believe dearly in the rule of law. I was a prosecutor. I know when I go to court I've got to have my pencil sharpened, my subpoenas ready, my witnesses and exhibits ready to go. You only get one shot at this. I want to make sure we get it right. I think that means first getting the full Mueller report unredacted, getting Mueller to testify himself, getting people like Don McGahn in, and so we are pressing that and we are winning in the courts right now. The president is outnumbered with the subpoena power and the court rulings that are on our side. I think that's a road would go down, but we are not going to do Donald Trump justice here because we only get one shot to make sure the rule of law still stands in America.'

Why it matters: Swalwell's comments largely seem to reflect the thinking among Nancy Pelosi and top Democratic chairs in the House, who have sought to keep calls for impeachment at bay as their investigations proceed. Pressure to impeach is rising, but as Swalwell pointed out, a string of Democratic victories in court over the past few weeks suggests the tide could be turning against Trump's congressional stonewalling.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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