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House Democrats circulate petition to force vote to create an independent commission

By REBECCA SHABAD | CBS NEWS

House Democrats have begun circulating a discharge petition that would force a vote on legislation that would create a 12-member bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

"Our colleagues are upstairs on the House floor signing a discharge petition, calling on Congress to establish an independent commission," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-New York, at a press conference Wednesday.

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Rep. Swalwell: Trump's Russia Ties Damaging to National Security

President Donald Trump's ties to Russia are damaging to national security, according to Rep. Eric Swalwell.

"What concerns me is that the cost of this president's ties to Russia is becoming our national security. And that's a price that we just cannot afford to pay," Swalwell, D-Calif., said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Swalwell, House Intel member: Trump’s Russian relationship costing U.S. national security

Rep. Eric Swalwell said Tuesday the cost of President Trump’s relationship with Russia is one “we just cannot afford to pay.”

“The cost of this president ties to Russia is becoming our national security and that’s a price that we just cannot afford to pay,” the California Democrat said on CNN.

Mr. Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Americans may not understand the details of his committee’s investigation into Russia regarding the 2016 election, but sharing classified information is much easier for people to understand.

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Amash Backing Bill to Create Independent Russia Commission

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A second House Republican will back a bill that calls for an independent commission to probe the Russian government's interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with Donald Trump's campaign, the measure's chief sponsor says.

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California tells U.S. News his Republican counterpart, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, is signing on to Democratic legislation that would create a 12-member bipartisan commission to examine Russia's attempts to undermine the U.S. electoral process, similar to the panel established following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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Democrat challenges GOP over Comey firing: “This is a serious moment in American history”

After news broke Tuesday night that President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) exchanged messages with two separate House Republicans about the shocking development.

Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, gave the Republicans a similar pitch to the one he’s been giving House Republicans for months: We need your votes to set up a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.

Swalwell, 36, has made his name on the Hill as one of the leading congressional Democrats pushing for a more aggressive investigation of Trump and Russia. In December 2016, he and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) introduced a bill to set up a 12-person commission for the investigation, and he’s been one of House Democrats’ most prominent voices on television criticizing congressional Republicans for not moving faster.

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Rep. Swalwell: Comey firing amid Russia probe ‘disturbing for our democracy’

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his concerns about the Trump administration’s firing of FBI James Comey and its potential consequences for the investigations into possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian efforts to influence the U.S. election.

Article: PBS Newshour

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Rep. Swalwell: Easy to see evidence of collusion

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. discusses the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn regarding his paid speech in Russia. 

Video: MSNBC

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The Rise & Future of Eric Swalwell

From unknown congressional newbie four years ago, to power player on the House Intel Cmmte, Eric Swalwell has become a man to watch. In an interview with This Golden State’s Randy Shandobil, Swalwell acknowledges that the investigation into Russia & the Trump Administration has shot up his name ID & opened doors to a possible run for higher office, including the Senate if Dianne Feinstein decides not to run for re-election. He says Trump is behaving as he were guilty, says the investigation could take years and compares it to 9/11 and the JFK assassination.

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Swalwell: Don’t let Russia benefit from meddling in our election

Russia attacked our democracy, and now we must make sure it’s not rewarded for having done so.

Our intelligence community concluded months ago that Russia interfered with our free and fair elections last year, and did so to benefit Donald Trump’s campaign. Now the FBI is conducting criminal and counterintelligence investigations into whether the extensive personal, political and financial ties between Russia and the Trump campaign team converged with this attack.

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Rep Swalwell: Fmr Trump advisor Page's Russia ties worth scrutiny

Congressman Eric Swalwell, member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about revelations that Donald Trump campaign advisor Carter Page was the target of a FISA warrant.

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