“The choice was, do we chase those people – not knowing what they’re going to say to the courts – for years. Or do we go forward with a powerful, thundering case that we have,” Swalwell said. “And also, (Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell was already telling us that he believed the challenge was a jurisdictional one.”
Swalwell said calling witnesses wouldn’t have changed Republicans’ mind on voting to acquit Trump on the charge of citing Jan. 6’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, even if the witnesses were “God herself.”
Swalwell served as the House impeachment manager, trying to convince at least two-thirds of the Senate to convict Trump. His role in that capacity raised some eyebrows from a few Republicans, given allegations that Swalwell consorted with a suspected Chinese spy.
Axios reported last year that a Chinese national named Fang Fang, or Christine Fang, targeted up-and-coming local politicians, including Swalwell, who she reportedly met when he was a councilman before he was elected to Congress.
Fang reportedly took part in fundraising for Swalwell’s 2014 reelection campaign, although she did not make donations nor was there evidence of illegal contributions.
Sen. Rand Paul and other prominent Republicans scoffed at Swalwell’s role in the impeachment proceedings.
“This afternoon we have been lectured to by Eric Swalwell, a guy accused of consorting with a Chinese spy,” tweeted the Kentucky Republican. “How appropriate!”
“That’s an interesting choice…somebody who’s part of a Chinese espionage ring effectively, so it’s a provocative choice,” Sen. Josh Hawley, told a pool reporter during a break in the proceedings about Swalwell’s selection as an impeachment manager.