Eric Swalwell: An Impeachment Veteran Returns for Another Pass
WASHINGTON — Representative Eric Swalwell approaches his impeachment manager duties as both an experienced prosecutor and a vocal critic of President Trump over the past several years.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Swalwell spent seven years in the district attorney’s office in Alameda County, Calif., and was the office’s lead prosecutor on hate crimes.
Since his election to Congress in 2012, he has risen to prominence through posts on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, roles in which he helped investigate evidence against the presidentduring his first impeachment in 2019.
Mr. Swalwell has often come into public conflict with Mr. Trump over what he has described as the president’s lack of leadership during moments of crisis. In 2018, as the deadliest wildfires in California’s history blanketed his district with smoke and ash, Mr. Swalwell was among the loudest voices demanding action from Mr. Trump on climate change and made regular television appearances to berate the president for not doing more to support the state.
Even before the first impeachment drive, Mr. Swalwell had pushed aggressively to investigate the president’s conduct and uncover details about his dealings with Russia. Along with Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, he pursued a measure in the Intelligence Committee to subpoena Marina Gross, the interpreter who was the only other American in the room during a meeting between Mr. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that raised questions about the nature of the president’s relationship with an adversary. He also helped draft a subpoena compelling the former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before Congress, helping set the stage for the president’s first impeachment.
Mr. Swalwell brought his criticisms of the president to a larger stage during a brief bid for the Democratic nomination for president, frequently clashing with Mr. Trump publicly while impeachment proceedings simmered in the background.
“What we have to do now in Congress is figure out how we hold him accountable,” Mr. Swalwell said in an interview with The New York Times’s editorial board in June 2019. “What we do next will not only make sure that it checks a out-of-control, abusive executive, but also it sets the standard for future presidents.”