Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is shrinking away in polls in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, showed how desperate he is becoming by going even more anti-Trump on ABC’s ‘This Week’ program with George Stephanopoulos. He said that Trump ‘has yet to be brought to justice’ for ‘potential crimes’ he committed during the 2016 campaign and in the years since.
O’Rourke made it clear he agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s now infamous contention that the president belongs ‘in prison.’ When O’Rourke was asked if he believes that Trump committed crimes, Beto answered with a blunt, “He did,” and then went on to claim that “those crimes might extend beyond what we’ve seen in the Mueller report.” So, he would continue the witch hunt indefinitely or until Trump was put behind bars. Good to know.
“I think that’s clear from what we have learned from the Mueller report,” O’Rourke continued, adding “But I think those crimes might extend beyond what we’ve 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 elections, 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 in our elections.”
“If we do not hold the president accountable, we will have set the precedent that some people in this country, because of their position of power, are in fact above the law,” O’Rourke said. “And if we do that, we will lose this democracy forever. So regardless of the popularity of the idea or what the polling shows us, we must proceed with impeachment so that we get the facts and the truth and at end of the day there is justice for what was done to our Democracy in 2016 and the other potential crimes that this president has committed.”
"He did," Beto O'Rourke says when asked if Pres. Trump committed crimes that can be prosecuted.
"I think that's clear from what we have learned from the Mueller report, but I think those crimes might extend beyond what we've seen in the Mueller report." https://t.co/yhzaEv32wD pic.twitter.com/Vo4P0QQAZK
— ABC News (@ABC) June 9, 2019
From The Daily Mail:
“Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to the attorney general this spring concluded that Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russian agents to win the 2016 election.
“AG Bill Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, jointly determined that charging the president with obstruction of justice couldn’t be supported based on the evidence Mueller collected over the space of nearly two years.
“But O’Rourke, one of just two Democratic 2020 candidates to appear on the Sunday political talk shows, took the opportunity to call for more than impeachment.
“‘I would want my Justice Department, any future administration’s Justice Department to follow the facts and the truth and to make sure at the end of the day that there is accountability and justice,’ he said.
“‘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 has yet to acknowledge it and a president who has yet to be brought to justice. So yes, at the end of the day, justice is important,’ he said.
“He also said a vigorous impeachment process should be on Demcorats’ radar screens.
“‘Regardless of the popularity of the idea or what the polling shows us, we must proceed with impeachment so that we get the facts and the truth and at the end of the day there is justice for what was done to our Democracy in 2016 and the other potential crimes that this president has committed.
“Democrats could impeach Trump with a simple-majority vote in the House, but Pelosi has resisted calls from members on the left flank of her caucus to pursue that option.
“The Republican-led U.S. Senate would not be expected to remove Trump from office but would be obliged to hold a public trial.
“Public polls show a lack of support for impeachment but most of Trump’s democratic rivals have said they support the move.
“So far there has been no indication that Trump could face a criminal charge for anything arising from the Mueller probe.
“O’Rourke, once seen as a liberal wunderkind, has seen his campaign largely fizzle. According to an average maintained by Real Clear Politis, he has the support of 3.8 percent of Democrats.
“A ground-shaking poll of Iowans released Saturday by the Des Moines Register and CNN put O’Rourke at just 2 percent despite a sustained campaign in the Hawkeye State, down from 11 percent in December.
“‘I don’t know that this many months out from the caucuses in Iowa these polls really indicate what our prospects are,’ O’Rourke said on ‘This Week.’
“‘If I relied on polls in any race I’ve run, I never would have served in the U.S. Congress, never would have taken on Ted Cruz. Never would have been able to lead the largest grassroots effort in the state of Texas.'”
Threatening the use of jail, prisons to punish vanquished political opponents is a dangerous and destabilizing tactic for democracy. We are quickly devolving to a Third World society where power turns on threats, and the abuse of government authority.
— William Haney (@VenturaDefender) June 9, 2019
Right now, O’Rourke is struggling to keep single digits in his favor. He’s desperately trying to reboot his campaign by harassing President Trump. Not cool and it won’t pad his radical leftist creds either. This guy is an absolute phony and parrots any talking point that might help him rise in the polls.
Texas dodged a bullet when Ted Cruz beat this charlatan. There’s simply no chance he will be the Democratic nominee this time out – it would be a presidential reelection gift to Trump.