Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Tuesday that if President Trump refuses to send the documents and witnesses that House Democrats requested in the impeachment inquiry, “We can only conclude that you’re guilty,” sparking critics on Twitter to accuse him of suggesting the president is guilty until proven innocent.
"In America, innocent men do not hide and conceal evidence," Swalwell added, in his conversation with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "They are forthcoming and they want to cooperate and the president is acting like a very guilty person right now."
Among those objecting to Swalwell's remarks was Ben Williamson, communications director for Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
"I believe the Fifth Amendment was just repealed on live television," Williamson wrote.
I believe the Fifth Amendment was just repealed on live television— Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) December 17, 2019
"Unless you send us (witnesses), we can only conclude that you're guilty because in America, innocent men don't conceal evidence... they are forthcoming and want to cooperate" pic.twitter.com/BPVpnP2yAL
Eric, odd thing about the US, you're innocent until proven guilty. Not his responsibility to prove he's innocent, your responsibility to prove he's guilty. Obviously you missed school that day!— golphinphool (@golphinphool) December 18, 2019
Trump blocked several witnesses from testifying but the Democrats never attempted to get a court order to compel the witnesses to testify which they could have done.
guilty until proven innocent, the motto of the liberal miscreants like you.— BvrKnight (@BvrKnight) December 17, 2019