During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Booker — one of the 19 Democrats running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president — was asked by host Jake Tapper what “high crimes and misdemeanors” the president has committed to warrant an impeachment inquiry.
Booker said that the definition of high crimes and misdemeanors has been seen “in a broader sense” from “the Federalist Papers to even past impeachments” and that he believes that high crimes and misdemeanors amounts to “fundamentally, have they betrayed their office.
“I think we see a president right now — which implicated in that transcript and the whistleblower report — is someone who was, frankly, pursuing their own interests above our national security interests,” continued Booker.
The New Jersey Democrat went on to say that the president’s withholding of aid to Ukraine to “pursue his petty political aspirations” was “absolutely unacceptable” and an “impeachable offense” if it were true.
He then claimed that Trump acted “more like a dictator or a thug” than the “leader of the free world.”
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“History will look back on what we do when a president was willing to trash the Constitution, act less like a leader of the free world and more like a dictator or a thug in using American power to pursue his own personal gain.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced an impeachment inquiry into Trump last week regarding the controversial July phone call between the U.S. president and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
As IJR previously reported, several prominent House Republicans blasted Pelosi for the move, with House Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) blasting the House Democrats as being “so bent at getting at this president.”