Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., defended special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
"I've seen the evidence. I've read the FISA application that was put forward to the court. I've read the memo that launched this investigation. They would have been irresponsible to not start an investigation, and a judge should be removed from the bench if they didn't sign that application, with the voluminous amount of evidence that exists to at least meet the very low threshold of probable cause to allow it to take place," Swalwell said Friday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
The congressman noted Donald Trump's business dealings with Russia and the July 27, 2016, incident in which Trump called on Russia to find missing emails from his opponent Hillary Clinton.
"I'm not drawing conclusions. I'm saying that's evidence. Evidence should be tested and weighed, so Bob Mueller should at least be allowed to pursue that evidence," Swalwell said.
Regarding how long the Mueller investigation is taking, Swalwell said the investigation takes time.
"You can't draw yourself so close to Russians and then complain that it's taking too long to count Russians, and when people on your team have lied to the FBI, it takes a lot longer to chase down the truth," Swalwell said.
Earlier Friday, Swalwell tweeted a comment asking why people should be concerned about Russian interference. "Why care about Russia attacking us and Donald Trump being close with them? America is an idea. That if you work hard you can do better and dream bigger. And if that's true here, it's true everywhere. Kremlin doesn't want that here," Swalwell tweeted.
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