As a former Senate candidate, Beto O’Rourke was down to impeach President Donald Trump. Now, as a newly-declared presidential candidate, the former congressman thinks there’s a better way to oust the president.
“It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt to me that, if there was not collusion, there was at least the effort to collude with a foreign power, beyond the shadow of a doubt that if there was not obstruction of justice, there certainly was the effort to obstruct justice,” O’Rourke told Gayle King in an interview aired on “CBS This Morning” Friday when asked if he still supports impeachment.
“How Congress chooses to address those set of facts and the findings which I believe [we] are soon to see from the Mueller report is up to them,” he continued. “I think the American people are going to have a chance to decide this at the ballot box in November 2020, and perhaps that’s the best way for us to resolve these outstanding questions.”
This is a step back from the flat out desire to impeach the O’Rourke expressed during his 2018 Senate campaign. The El Paso native said he believed there was an effort to collude and obstruct justice and that an impeachment trial would bring the facts forward.
“I know that this is not politically easy or convenient to talk about,” O’Rourke said about impeachment at a CNN town hall in October. “But 242 years into this experiment — which is the exception, not the rule in world history — there’s nothing that guarantees us a 243rd or a 244th.”
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O’Rourke’s subtle step back from bringing impeachment to the forefront echos a similar sentiment made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earlier this week.
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path,” the speaker told The Washington Post in a story published Monday.
“Because it divides the country, and he’s just not worth it,” she added.