Swalwell: I Have Been Briefed On Plots Where "The President's Terrorists" Want To Attack The Capitol Again

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) talked about last week's riot and attack on the Capitol and the second impeachment of President Donald Trump in an interview Friday with MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin. The sympathetic interviewer did not ask Swalwell one question about his relationship with Chinese spy Christine Fang. "Do you feel safe going to work in the Capitol?" a concerned Mohyeldin asked the Congressman. "That's a tough question, Ayman, because I see National Guardsmen, I see police officers there, I see fences that were not there before. It's not an accessible Capitol anymore, which is troubling," Swalwell said. "But I also have been briefed on plots where the president's terrorists have shown a determination to come back and attack the Capitol again. So, I think we're safer today than we were last Wednesday, the failure at the top there to protect us." "But, Ayman, I have to be honest. I would feel a heck of a lot safer if the president and his accomplices in Congress would issue statements for these individuals to stand down," Swalwell told the host. <blockquote>AYMAN MOHYELDIN, MSNBC HOST: I want to put on the screen something that you tweeted out. It is a screen grab of a now deleted tweet by a Republican colleague of yours. You were among those who alleged that Republican lawmakers gave tours to suspected rally-goers. That is the tweet I was referencing there that you put out. It is from your colleague Republican Pete Sessions in which he says that he met with -- quote -- "folks from Stop the Steal at our nation's Capitol." NBC News has reached out to Representative Sessions, as -- has not yet heard back from him. But he did speak out against the violence. What do you want to see happen here? What is the evidence that you have seen that would suggest that Republican colleagues of yours may have given tours to those that participated in the insurrection? REP. ERIC SWALWELL (D-CA): The speaker mentioned today that there's a criminal investigation. The Capitol Police acknowledge that they're looking into this. Of course, there may be repercussions in Congress. I will tell you, though, Ayman, my sole focus right now, as an impeachment manager, is making the case against the chief inciter. And that's Donald Trump. Donald Trump, as Liz Cheney said, the Republican leader, he summoned these folks to Washington. He called upon them to storm the Capitol, to fight, to not show weakness. And he lit the match that led to the attack. And he's the person that needs to be held most accountable most imminently. MOHYELDIN: So, let's talk a little bit about the impeachment, if I may. Given that you are an impeachment manager, there's an argument being made that, as the trial gets pushed further back, more evidence is emerging about what exactly happened, whether there was a more coordinated plot, where the money was coming from. Can you share a little bit of insight in terms of what you have learned? And do you think that, the more the trial is delayed into the Biden administration, the stronger your case becomes? SWALWELL: I think we had a strong case last Wednesday, after the public saw and put together what the president had done over the weeks leading up to this rally, the big lie that he told to radicalize the terrorists who stormed the Capitol, and his failure to stop it, his failure to send resources that could have prevented further violence and the death of a police officer. I think we have got a pretty good case. We're ready to go right now because of the imminency of more plots that are taking shape. And we will just wait for the Senate when they're ready. But we have a strong case now, Ayman. MOHYELDIN: You have a strong case now. But there's also the political reality, as we know very much, that a lot of Republicans in the Senate and certainly in the House do not sign on to the impeachment effort and certainly to the trial once it gets under way. Senator Lisa Murkowski, though, a Republican, said the House's impeachment articles are -- quote -- "appropriate," signaling an openness. You would have to get 17 GOP senators to convict. Do you believe that you will get those 17 GOP senators? SWALWELL: No, I don't look at it and our team doesn't look at it as we have to get 17 Republican senators. We want to earn a conviction, which means 67 senators. We think we could get more than that. We're not taking a single senator for granted. And we don't think this is a partisan effort. This was a violent workplace attack on the Capitol on a day where we were performing our constitutional duties. And that's how we're approaching this. MOHYELDIN: All right, Congressman Eric Swalwell, sir, thank you so much for your time.</blockquote>