Rep. Eric Swalwell said Tuesday that, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, he is "absolutely" interested in talking to former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg after the claims he made during his marathon television interviews on Monday.
"What we've seen from Sam Nunberg is what we've seen from so many other witnesses, from the president's son, to Corey Lewandowski, to Steve Bannon, to Hope Hicks," the California Democrat told CNN "New Day" co-host Alisyn Camerota. "[We've seen] an absolute refusal to cooperate and help us get to the bottom of this so we can tell the American people what we'll do to protect against future Russian meddling."
Nunberg spent hours speaking with reporters from MSNBC and CNN promising to defy a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller, even challenging the former FBI director's investigators to arrest him. However, he later backed down, saying he would likely cooperate.
During his interviews, Nunberg made several accusations against key players in the investigation, from President Donald Trump on down.
Swalwell, meanwhile, said there is still a great deal to know about a meeting at Trump Tower before the election, and that it's not really known what Donald Trump Jr. told his father about the meeting.
"What concerns me, Alisyn, on June 3, the Russians offered Don Jr. dirt on Hillary Clinton," said Swalwell. "A couple days later, Donald Trump the candidate tells the world that new information is coming out about Hillary Clinton. The meeting takes place and what happened? Julian Assange leaks out hacked Democratic e-mails. There's a lot of answers we need to get."
The worst thing that could happen at this point is to shut down the investigation before Americans can hear the truth, said Swalwell.
"Our democracy is still worth defending," he said. "The worst thing we could do is report out an incomplete investigation. We heard from intelligence chiefs over the past few weeks from Mike Pompeo to Mike Rogers at the NSA, that the Russians actually never left our democracy. They're still seeking to attack us."
Further, the State Department "has spent zero in doing all that it can to go after Russia and secure our democracy," said Swalwell. "What we should do is have a complete investigation and pass my legislation, which calls for an independent commission of bipartisan appointed panel of experts. But we should tell the American people that we're going to do all we can to make sure when they go to the ballot box in November that we're going to secure it."
He also defended his decision to ask former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks if she'd ever lied defending Trump, eliciting the "white lies" admission from her.
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