The morning after special counsel Robert Mueller sent off his final report, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made it clear he still believes there’s collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump — even as there aren’t expected to be any collusion-related charges.
Mueller completed the long-awaited report and sent it to Attorney General William Barr late Friday, which did not recommend any further indictments in the probe, according to a senior Justice Department official.
As Barr determines how much of the probe is disclosed publicly, O’Rourke still said loud and clear at his Saturday campaign in South Carolina that he believes Trump colluded.
O’Rourke said he thinks Trump, “beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, however ham-handedly, collude with the Russian government, a foreign power, to undermine and influence our elections.”
Mueller’s investigation was ongoing for the past year and a half to determine whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as to determine if there was any wrongdoing on the part of Trump.
O’Rourke continued to press:
“It is beyond a shadow of a doubt that once in office, the president of the United States sought to obstruct justice. […] If you’re wondering about collusion, and when you saw the president of the United States standing next to the leader of Russia on that stage in Helsinki, Finland, defending him and taking his word against our own intelligence community in our country […] that is collusion in action.”
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Beto O'Rourke this morning in SC: You have a president, who in my opinion beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, however ham-handedly, collude with the Russian government, a foreign power to undermine and influence our elections.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 23, 2019
O’Rourke’s remark on Trump’s comment about Russian President Vladimir Putin was in reference to when the two leaders met and Trump refused to blame Putin for the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump came under fire for doubting U.S. intelligence but responded afterward, “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.”
When it comes to O’Rourke’s campaign in the 2020 race, Trump recently said he’d “love to have Beto” to run against in 2020, as well as a few other candidates, as IJR Red reported.