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Trump Allies 'Lie Through Their Teeth': Democratic Lawmaker Slams House GOP for 'Premature' End of Russia Probe

"If this is true, then [Erik Prince] had lied to Congress," Rep. Eric Swalwell said.

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on Monday criticized his Republican colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee, calling their decision to close down the investigation into President Donald Trump campaign's ties to Russian espionage "premature" and "irresponsible."

He argued in particular that there was no reason to believe that many of the president's allies who testified before the committee, but the Republicans on the committee, who hold a commanding share of the body's seats, refused to probe their credibility. Recent reports have suggested that Erik Prince, a Trump donor and the founder of the military contracting firm Blackwater, misled Congress about his involvement with the Trump campaign — an action that is potentially a crime.

"If this is true, then he had lied to Congress, and we showed no willingness to follow up on these individuals," Swalwell said to Katy Tur on MSNBC's "Meet the Press." "Most of these people, from the Trump family to the Trump businesses, were not worthy of being taken at their word, and our investigation — we took them at their word, and that's not how you conduct yourselves when people are so willing to lie through their teeth."

Tur noted that more reports have emerged in recent days of additional governments offering the Trump campaign help to win the 2016 election, despite the fact that none of the president's staffers have mentioned these suspicious efforts.

Asked if this kind of behavior is common in campaigns, Swalwell was clear: "No!"

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.