Sunday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a potential 2020 presidential candidate, commented on the issues that black people face, revealing in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” live from the SXSW Conference in Austin, TX, that black college graduates have more student loan debt now than white college graduates. “Black students who graduate college still have more student loan debt than white students,” Swalwell stated. “It’s a different criminal justice system for a young black man than a young white man. And black households still see their wages are lower.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell (D-CA) stated that the committee “learned a lot of new things” from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s closed-door testimony before them. Host Wolf Blitzer asked, “So, did you learn anything new from Michael Cohen’s testimony today?” Swalwell answered, “Oh boy, Wolf, that would be an understatement. We learned a lot of new things. I can’t go into them. We’re still interviewing him. He’s coming back next week. But there’s very valuable new leads that we learned, and he’s been asked to bring back some documents to corroborate what he’s told us. But we did find him to be cooperative and answered every question we asked.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
Swalwell: ‘Very Hard’ to Believe Cohen Would ‘Lie Again’ – ‘I Don’t Really Care Too Much’ About Hush Money Payments
On Wednesday’s “MSNBC Live,” Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said that he has “a very hard time believing” former Trump attorney Michael Cohen would lie to Congress again, given that Cohen knows he can face severe penalties if he lies as a cooperator. Swalwell also stated that he doesn’t “really care too much” about President Trump’s hush money payments to women. Host Katy Tur asked, “So, congressman, have you heard anything today that would lead you to believe that the president committed a high crime or a misdemeanor?” Swalwell answered, “Yes, but I’m not going to make a conclusion. I’ve heard evidence. Evidence is not a conclusion, but it’s a reason to keep looking and testing other accounts. So, Katy — and I’m going to focus on Russia. Frankly, I don’t really care too much about the payoffs to the women. And I don’t think most people do either.” He continued, “As it relates to Russia, we learned that the president was in contact with Roger Stone. We saw in our investigation that all of the evidence pointed in that direction, that they talked throughout the campaign, and it would have been unnatural if Roger Stone didn’t share his conversations with WikiLeaks.
Friday on MSNBC, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was “disrespectful toward the process,” while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. Swalwell said, “I find him to be disrespectful toward the process, which is kind of a theme we’ve seen with this administration, which is a lack of respect for oversight. And then enablers on the Republican side who don’t believe that that is our role. But I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. There have only been two members who have questioned him. And I hope that he knows that our responsibility is to make sure that the rule of law is intact in this country. It’s had a wrecking ball taken to it. And principally around the Mueller investigation, we just want to be assured that it has the freedom of movement. We don’t need to know which indictments are next, who’s been interviewed, we just want to know does it have the freedom of movement to follow the evidence or is he constricting it.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
The Democrats in Congress are using their invited guests to the State of the Union on Tuesday to send a message about their priorities.
Voices on the left calling for Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign are piling up, after a medical school yearbook photo of him in black face or a KKK robe surfaced on Friday.
Democratic presidential candidates who have embraced “Medicare for All” are suddenly struggling to explain whether they would eliminate private health insurance.