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Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’rourke said Tuesday impeachment proceedings begin against President Trump, because the administration is the rejection of “any coercive measures.”
Speaking in a CNN town hall, said the 2020 contenders from El Paso, Texas, while it “is not something I take lightly,” he believes, there are no other options than to start the impeachment process.
“It is an incredibly serious, sober decision we should make as a country. Really the last resort when every other option has failed,” O’rourke, a Democrat, said. He added that it is because Trump does not respond to subpoenas and overall, because he doesn’t allow Jehovah’s witnesses Congress, “so we can find out what happened to this great democracy in the year 2016.”
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“A President calls for the involvement of a foreign power in this democracy, in 2016, and then did everything in his power to impede the investigation into what happened,” said the former Congressman said.
O’rourke said that the fear of what this could mean impeachment for the country after the election of 2020, should play no role. Because if that happens, “then we have a precedent for this country, that, in fact, some people, because of the position of the power and the confidence of the public to hold them above the law.”
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was trump pushed on impeachment. O’rourke said he understands their point of view and the “political implications” of such a procedure, and said, to think the US needs, about the future of the country.
“The only way we can get the documents and the facts and the truth” is through the impeachment process,” he said. “It is the only way we get to the facts necessary to accountability and justice.”