With calls from Intelligence Committee Republicans for him to step down, Adam Schiff is grabbing plenty of news coverage. On the other hand, anybody interested in what President Trump calls the “collusion delusion,” would do well to cast a glance at Schiff’s fellow California Democrat Eric Swalwell.
In a March 26 appearance on Fox News, Martha MacCallum asked Swalwell if he had any second thoughts about things he had said in the two years before release of the Mueller report that found no collusion. Swalwell drew a blank and MacCallum pressed the case of the infamous dossier. Swalwell turned the tables and asked what in the dossier had been found false.
As a stunned MacCallum explained, the dossier said attorney Michael Cohen had been plotting collusion in Prague, but in sworn testimony Cohen said he had never been to Prague or to the Czech Republic. Swalwell then launched into a harangue on Cohen and ramped up fidelity to the collusion narrative. The performance was somewhat at odds with his training.
Swalwell was born in 1980, the same year Trump critic Angela Davis first ran for vice president with the Communist Party, founded and funded by Soviet Russia. Swalwell attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his JD. After a stint on the city council there, he interned in Alameda County, California, where he served as a deputy district attorney. In 2012 Swalwell defeated Democrat Pete Stark and has been the representative for California’s 15th district since January, 2013.
“Less than a decade later, Swalwell is employing the same skills he honed in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to publicly lay out the Russia collusion case involving President Donald Trump, his family, and his former campaign surrogates.” That was Robert Gammon in a 2017 Oakland Magazine article headlined “Prosecuting the President.” In that quest, Swalwell had become “one of the most sought-after figures on cable news,” but what about those prosecutorial skills?
“He was advanced technologically—using Google Maps, YouTube, social media,” the article explains, using “flowcharts and multimedia presentations to the jury.” And as the son of a retired cop, “Swalwell gained a reputation in Alameda County courthouses for using detective skills to build ironclad cases, unravel alibis, and guide jurors through a maze of circumstantial evidence.” When an East Oakland assailant mistook a young victim for a gang member, Swalwell uncovered surveillance video and secured a “stunningly quick verdict.”
Swalwell “thrived in the courtroom” but longed for a political career. In Congress, Gammon notes, he operate in obscurity but when Trump won in 2016 “Swalwell immediately filled a void.” His “Connecting the Trump-Russia Dots” page featured “a large flowchart displaying all the known characters of Moscow collusion—from Gen. Michael Flynn to Paul Manafort to Donald Trump Jr.—and how they connect Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and vice versa. The flowchart resembles a classic prosecutorial prop designed to help jurors piece together an elaborate legal conspiracy.”
After the president fired FBI Director James Comey, Swalwell tweeted, “This is not what an innocent person would do. Firing the guy investigating #RussianHacking—without cause—is consciousness of guilt.” As the Mueller report confirms, there was no obstruction of justice, no conspiracy, no collusion, and no guilt. Swalwell has no second thoughts, and his vaunted courtroom skills have abandoned him.
A district attorney would not convince a jury by ignoring sworn testimony that contradicted his own biases. That is what Swalwell did with Michael Cohen’s absence from Prague. In similar style, a prosecutor would not win over a jury by making repeating claims of substantive evidence he failed to produce. That was what former prosecutor Adam Schiff has been doing for the past three years, and like Swalwell he has no second thoughts about any of it.
Schiff and Swalwell did not deploy their prosecutorial and investigative skills with regard to the Clinton Foundation or Hillary’s missing 30,000 emails, all under subpoena. They were playing defense then, but there’s something else going on here. As Bruce Thornton has noted, arguing with a leftist is like playing chess with a pigeon. The bird knocks over the pieces, craps on the table, then struts around like he won. Eric Swalwell plays a variation of that game.
The congressman, who bears some resemblance to the Utah Jazz three-point ace Kyle Korver,
has been heaving up air-balls for three years. After Mueller swats away his best shot, Swalwell acts like he just swished a 30-foot jumper to win the NBA championship.
This is the way ambitious Democrats now come pre-packaged, with cognitive dissonance, partisan bigotry and total contempt for the truth. Thus equipped, Eric Swalwell wants to be president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world.
“If I’m in the presidential race beyond the filing deadline for the House, even though I can file for both, I won’t,” Swalwell recently told reporters. “So if I’m in the race at that point, I’m going to stay running for president.”