Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that President Trump should be impeached and his possible crimes go far beyond obstruction of justice. Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin "has never been properly explained," he said.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We heard Nancy Pelosi -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say this week that she wants to see the president in prison. Do you think the president committed crimes that could be prosecuted?
O’ROURKE: He did. 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. Using public office for personal gain for himself and for his family, the -- 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. 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.
STEPHANOPOULOS: If – it’s pretty clear that even if the House impeaches, the Senate is not going to convict the president. So if you win, if you become president in 2020, would you want your Justice Department to pursue charges against President Trump?
O’ROURKE: 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 without this – without 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.
In fact, foundational for the success of this country, no matter who that is, including the person who holds the most important office in the land.
Watch the full interview courtesy of ABC News: