Beto O'Rourke: Democrats Must Impeach Trump Now or 'Lose Our Democracy Forever'
Democratic 2020 hopeful responds to Mueller's Wednesday public statement
As his 2020 hopes fade by the day, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has called on Democrats to "act now" and impeach President Donald Trump, or "lose our democracy forever."
Speaking to Chris Matthews on his MSNBC show, O'Rourke was responding to Robert Mueller's Wednesday public statement on the Russia Probe when he made the comments.
Mueller gave a statement before the world's press regarding his 22-month-long investigation into interference in the 2016 election, confirming that his probe found no evidence that Presdient Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia.
During his remarks, Mueller said his statement will be his first and last comments on the matter as he is resigning from his role and the special counsel's office will be shut down now the investigation is complete.
The former special counsel said that his statement was the last time he would speak about the investigation, saying his testimony is in his report.
Some Democrats have taken his comments to mean that he was suggesting Congress should now take over impeach the presdient, however.
"Act now or lose our Democracy forever," said O'Rourke.
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"That is the choice before us," he continued.
"I'm grateful to those lawmakers including Republican [Rep.] Justin Amash [R-Mich.] who have put this country ahead of their own political careers.
"And I understand political considerations, I've held elected office, I'm campaigning for one right now. But this moment demands more of us.
"And we will be judged by how we have faced these facts," Beto added.
"For Robert Mueller to come forward today someone who is famously reticent and out of the hundreds of pages of his report, to focus on the fact that we were attacked by the Russians and that there is somebody who obstructed justice and lied to investigators, and then to say the criminal justice system is not the way to hold this person accountable, there's another process under the Constitution."
"He is clearly referring to impeachment, and he's demanding that we do this now or forever lose the opportunity to act," O'Rourke concludes.
"So it's that clear to me I hope it is that clear to members of Congress who have the opportunity to act while there's still time."
Beto O'Rourke on the choice between political careers and backing President Trump's impeachment:— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2019
"Act now, or lose our democracy forever... This moment demands more of us. We will be judged by how we face these facts." pic.twitter.com/m85eZBgXf8
Special counsel Robert Mueller said in a media briefing Wednesday that because of Department of Justice guidelines that he could not indict Trump on any charges.
Some Democrats took this to mean that Mueller was recommending to Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.