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Democrat: We Don't Have the Evidence to Impeach Donald Trump

Republicans are using the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump as a rallying cry this election season, but Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell said Sunday morning that his party is unlikely to pursue any immediate hearing.

The Judiciary and Intelligence Committee member told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Democrats don’t have enough evidence to charge the president with any crime. “We don’t want to be as reckless with the facts as he is,” he said. “I think having thorough investigations, putting forth an impenetrable case, doing it in a bipartisan way is the proper way to do this, but we’re not there yet.”

Last week Trump Organization lawyer and long-time Trump fixer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to tax fraud and to violating campaign finance laws at the direction of Trump.

The next day, the president took to Fox & Friends to warn against any possible impeachment talk. “If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash, I think everybody would be very poor,” he said. “You would see numbers that you wouldn’t believe.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said that impeachment is “not a priority” and “off the table” for House Democrats. With less than three months until the midterm elections, the left is looking to avoid any moves that might rile up the Republican base.

“At this stage there is an enthusiasm gap between the bases of the respective parties,” Bill Galston, a former policy adviser to Bill Clinton told The Guardian. “The only chance the Republicans have to close this gap is to charge that the Democratic party is seeking to undo the result of the 2016 election through legal processes.”

Republicans, meanwhile, are seizing on impeachment talk in order to do just that.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said earlier this month that “this election is going to be about impeachment or no impeachment.”

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon made the same claim about Midterms to Politico last week. “This is a referendum on Trump, up-or-down vote on impeachment,” he said. “This other side, they’re very motivated – and they’re motivated for one thing: they want to impeach Donald Trump.”

Swalwell, who has indicated that he is looking towards 2020 with presidential ambitions, contradicted those statements Sunday. “The best thing we can do is promise the American people if we are given the majority we will conduct the investigations Republicans are unwilling to conduct, including this campaign finance violation, including the questions around his contacts with the Russians and including his tax returns, which the American people have not seen but I promise a Democratic majority will ensure they do see,” he said.