Rep. Swalwell Calls For Creation Of ‘Crimes Commission’ To Investigate Trump

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“I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission."

Rep. Eric Swalwell (R-CA) said late last week that a ‘Presidential Crimes Commission’ should be created to investigate President Donald Trump’s actions after he leaves office, according to The Washington Times.

  • Swalwell “proposed the idea amid growing concerns about the status of the U.S. Postal Service,” the report stated.
  • In a tweet, the lawmaker wrote: “I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission. It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president. Example 1: Sabotaging the mail to win an election.”
  • His remarks came after Trump said in a Fox Business interview the day before that he opposed USPS funding because it would facilitate increased voting by mail in the upcoming election.

“They want $3.5 billion for the mail-in votes. Universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion, billion, for the Post Office. Now they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Mr. Trump said Thursday.

“But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it,” Mr. Trump added.

  • The Times noted that Democrats have been unsuccessful in securing extra funding for the USPS ahead of the expected surge in mail-ballots amid the pandemic, adding that “Trump has claimed without evidence that more people voting by mail will result in a ‘rigged’ election, however, and has encouraged people to vote in-person.”

The Hill reported on Friday that Trump appeared to soften somewhat on the issue, saying he would approve the funding if Democrats made concessions on certain White House priorities.

"Sure, if they gave us what we want. And it’s not what I want, it’s what the American people want," Trump said during a news conference.

The outlet also noted that coronavirus stimulus “talks have remained at a standstill with little signs of progress.”


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