Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” 2020 Democratic governmental hopeful former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) accused President Donald Trump of dedicating criminal activities and said if he wins the presidency, he will direct his Justice Department to prosecute Trump.
Partial records as follows:
STEPHANOPOULOS: We heard Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi say this week, she desires to see the president in prison. Do you believe the president dedicated criminal offenses that could be prosecuted?
O’ROURKE: He did. I think that’s clear from what we have actually found out from the Mueller report. But I think those criminal activities might extend beyond what we have actually seen in the Mueller report; using public office for individual gain, for himself and for his household, the relationship that he has with Vladimir Putin, which has actually never ever been properly explained from the invite 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 scam, thus offering him a green light to more take part in our democracy and our elections. If with don’t hold the president accountable we’ll set the precedent that some individuals in this country, because of their position of power, are in truth above the law. And if we do that, we’ll lose this democracy forever. No matter the popularity of the idea or what the polling reveals us, we should continue with impeachment so we get the facts and the reality and at end of the day there’s justice for what was done to our democracy in 2016.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Even if your house impeaches, the Senate isn’t going to found guilty the president. If you win in 2020, would you the Justice Department to pursue charges versus President Trump?
O’ROURKE: I would desire my Justice Department, any future administration’s Justice Department to follow the realities and the reality and to ensure at the end of the day there’s accountability and justice, without this, without that, this idea, this experiment of American democracy comes to a close. We were attacked unlike any other time in our 243- year history and we have a president who yet to acknowledge it and a president who has yet to be brought to justice. Yes, no matter who that is.
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