Join us for a conversation with Congressman Eric Swalwell and local writer and journalist Steve Kettmann as the two discuss Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump. In Endgame, Swalwell offers his account of the path he took to office and how he and his colleagues resisted, investigated, and impeached a corrupt president. Congressman Swalwell grew up in the East Bay and now represents California's 15th district. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and on the House Judiciary Committee.
How do you stop a rogue president? How do you protect our country from a man who lies, who obstructs justice, and who seeks to cheat with foreign powers to get reelected? Our constitution offers one remedy: impeachment. Thanks to the courageous actions of public servants who came forward to report his abuses of power, on December 18, 2019, President Donald J. Trump became just the third president in US history to be impeached by the House of Representatives.
After the shock of the 2016 election and Trump's inauguration (including the luncheon afterward), Swalwell, as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee, quickly became involved in pushing back against Trump's outrageous actions as he sought to get to the bottom of foreign interference in our elections. But Republicans were in control of the investigation, and it became clear that taking back the House was essential.
In Endgame, Congressman Eric Swalwell takes readers inside Congress and through the impeachment process, from Trump's disgraceful phone call with the Ukrainian president, just one day after Robert Mueller testified to Congress, to caucus meetings and conversations with the Speaker to the bombshell public hearings and the historic vote, and then what followed next—the holding of the articles, the news of more possible witnesses, and the sham trial in the Senate. Endgame is fascinating, a gripping read by a unique witness to extraordinary events.
“The next best thing to being in the room where it happened, this insider’s account of the Trump impeachment is both wise and personal. It doesn’t hurt that the super smart author is a sure bet to be a major player in our nation’s future.” —Laurence H. Tribe
ERIC SWALWELL grew up in California's East Bay. After earning undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Maryland, he served as a prosecutor in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Elected to Congress in 2012 to represent the East Bay, he is now in his fourth term and serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee.
STEVE KETTMANN is a local writer and journalist, and co-founder of the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods.