Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that he didn't know the committee's Republicans had shut down its investigation on Russian collusion until he saw it on Twitter.
"I saw it on Twitter and saw breaking news alerts coming in," the California lawmaker told CNN's "New Day. "More importantly than the process is that this report invites another attack, not just [from] Russia, but other adversaries with similar capabilities. They'll look at us as being weak."
Swalwell said he's concerned that future attacks won't come from the sidelines as in the past, but instead, they may "try to get their preferred candidates and policies through in upcoming elections."
Meanwhile, Republicans on the committee were saying "no collusion, no collusion, no collusion," said Swalwell, and he hopes the public gets to see the transcripts from the meetings and hearings.
"They will see how few of them showed up to ask questions, what questions they asked, and how off the topic they were, and how much they tried to protect the president, when our job is to protect the ballot box as we go to the polls this November."
Democrats on the committee had no subpoena powers, he continued, or Republicans who were willing to bring in witnesses and force them to answer questions.
"It was a take-them-at-their-word investigation, where they could assert something," said Swalwell. "We didn't subpoena cell phone records, bank records, travel records. No Republicans were willing to work with us to get the truth."
If Republicans believe in transparency, the transcripts will be released, Swalwell said, but in the meantime, he does not want to do anything that compromise special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
However, he said, members sought to discount assertions that Russians wanted to help President Donald Trump, said Swalwell.
"You don't have to be on the Intelligence Committee to see that evidence," he said. "We've all seen the ads, the social media posts that were pro-Trump and anti-Hillary. To go that far to protect the president's fragile ego shows who they're looking out for."
Swalwell also said Trump won't criticize Russia or President Vladimir Putin because they have long helped each other.
"Whether he was working with him wittingly or unwittingly before the election is irrelevant," said Swalwell. "The end result is the same ... He can't attribute an attack in the middle of the town square to the Russians. He can't impose sanctions, can't say a bad thing about a brutal dictator. Whether he worked with him or not, it's hurting America and hurting our ability to have a secure election."
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