On Wednesday, as Donald Trump continues to seriously consider turning over former US Ambassador Michael McFaul over to Russia for “questioning,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has drawn a line in the sand declaring that if the transfer were to happen, it would be grounds for impeachment.
Republicans in Congress need to stand firm that we absolutely will not tolerate the President even considering turning over a US ambassador. If he were to do that, I think that would absolutely be grounds for removal from office,” the California Democrat said Wednesday in an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”
The idea of delivering the former US Ambassador as well as other American officials to Russia to be interrogated by Russian officials in exchange for the Russian government’s cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation originated at the Helsinki summit on Monday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump.
There’s no reason we would open up our evidence files, send our investigators over there to let them review that. That would be like a victim allowing the burglar to set up the home security system. That’s ridiculous,” Swalwell told Burnett.
During the White House press briefing, a nonchalant press secretary Sarah Sanders shrugged and stated that Putin’s request is being considered, but a decision has yet to be made by the Administration.
The President’s going to meet with his team and we’ll let you know when we have an announcement on that,” she said.
Russia also asked to interview Bill Brower, the American Financier who successfully lobbied the American government to impose new sanctions on Moscow.
At Trump and Putin’s disastrous joint news conference on Monday, Trump labeled the proposal as an “interesting idea.”
McFaul was appointed by President Barrack Obama to serve as Russian ambassador and is labeled by Russian media as a “person of interest” into an ongoing criminal investigation into Browder.
However, on Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert seemed to throw cold water on the idea, stating that the US would never consider making such an exchange.
The overall assertions that have come out of the Russian government are absolutely absurd,” Nauert said. “The fact that they want to question 11 American citizens and the assertions American citizens — we do not stand by those assertions that the Russian government makes. The prosecutor general in Russia is well aware that the United States has rejected Russian allegations in this regard.”
It’s clear that Trump, for whatever reason, is more than eager to please Putin. But will he do so at the expense of his presidency?
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