There are some Dems running across the country who are afraid to speak out too much against Donald Trump right now. They are worried about alienating Trump supporters, especially Democrats running in red districts. Beto O’Rourke is not one of those Dems.
On Thursday night at a CNN town hall Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke made a brilliant argument for why the Democrats should move forward with the impeachment of Donald Trump.
When CNN’s Dana Bash asked him if he’d changed his mind since earlier in the summer when he said he would vote to impeach Trump, O’Rourke said, “I haven’t.”
“Let me put it this way,” he said. “There may be an open question as to whether the president, then the candidate, sought to collude with the Russian government in 2016. But to quote George Will, a very conservative columnist, when we saw him on that stage in Helsinki defending Vladimir Putin, the head of the country that attacked our democracy in 2016 instead of this country and its citizens and this amazing democracy, that was collusion in action.
“You may have wondered when he fired James Comey, the principal investigator into what happened in that election, whether that was an attempt to obstruct justice. But when by broad daylight, on Twitter, he asked his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to end the Russia investigation, I would say that’s obstruction in action,” he continued.
“The best course to get there so that every member has all the facts and that they are compelling enough to do the right thing is to allow the full Independence and integrity of the Bob Mueller investigation.
“I would liken impeachment to an indictment. There is enough there to proceed with the trial for a full vetting of the facts and to make the best-informed decision in the interests of this country and our future.”
Watch: (the impeachment clip is the second one down)
When asked by CNN's Dana Bash if he's changed his mind after saying he'd vote to impeach President Trump this summer, O'Rourke replied: "I haven't" #TexasTownHall https://t.co/29rQpKYtsa pic.twitter.com/ULowpM65KX
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