Former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) said Sunday on ABC’s Meet the Press if he wins the presidency, he will prosecute President Trump for his “crimes” and that the House must move forward with impeachment.
Beto made the comments during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulas. When asked by Stephanopoulas if he thought the president committed crimes that could be prosecuted, Beto responded, “He did.” Beto’s comments were made after a two year independent investigation of the president revealed no evidence of crimes being committed by Trump.
Here is a partial transcript from the interview:
STEPHANOPOULOS: We heard House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say this week, she wants to see the president in prison. Do you think the president committed crimes that could be prosecuted?
O’ROURKE: He did. I think that’s clear from what we have learned from the Mueller report. But I think those crimes might extend beyond what we have seen in the Mueller report; using public office for personal gain, for himself and for his family, the relationship that he has with Vladimir Putin, which has never been properly explained from the invitation as a candidate to have Russia involve itself in our election, his efforts to obstruct justice, the fact that he called Vladimir Putin after the Mueller report was released, called it a hoax, thereby giving him a green light to further participate in our democracy and our elections. If with don’t hold the president accountable we’ll set the precedent that some people in this country, because of their position of power, are in fact above the law. And if we do that, we’ll lose this democracy forever. Regardless of the popularity of the idea or what the polling shows us, we must proceed with impeachment so we get the facts and the truth and at end of the day there’s justice for what was done to our democracy in 2016.