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Texting With Eric Swalwell: Trump Should Get A Fair Trial, "Even When There Is A Confession"

In The Stakes 2020, BuzzFeed News' political newsletter, Rep. Eric Swalwell — a California lawmaker who sits on the intelligence committee and one-time presidential candidate — texted with us about the impeachment investigation.

Posted on October 31, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. ET

This is an excerpt from The Stakes 2020, BuzzFeed News' newsletter about what really matters in the 2020 campaign. You can sign up here.

Eric Swalwell is a Bay Area lawmaker, former prosecutor, and a short-lived presidential candidate who serves on the House Intelligence Committee now leading the impeachment inquiry. This week, Swalwell texted with me between long periods in the secure meeting room (SCIF) where the inquiry is being held. (One of the texts arrived just as his face popped up on CNN.) I asked him why they wouldn't just take a vote in light of the fact it seems like Republicans and Democrats broadly agree on what happened — even if they disagree on whether it was impeachable.

[The Impeachment Today podcast gets you up to date with the day’s most important impeachment news. Catch up on all the episodes, or subscribe on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite shows.]

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.