Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says President Trump should be impeached, but stopped short of calling for his removal from office and did not rule out voting for him again in 2020.
POPPY HARLOW, CNN HOST: Well today, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, former presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, is not only calling out the president. She is calling out her own party. We sat down with her in New York.
Do you believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office?
CARLY FIORINA, FMR. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, FMR. CEO OF HP: I think he is going to be impeached, and I think he won’t be removed from office. I mean, I think –
HARLOW: Should he be removed from office? If you were – you ran for Senate –
FIORINA: Well, again, it’s –
HARLOW: -- if you were in the Senate –
FIORINA: It’s hypothetical. I think it is vital that he be impeached. Whether removed this close to an election, I don’t know, but I think the conduct is impeachable. And what I regret is that the principles that are being debated in this impeachment trial – separation of powers, abuse of power, obstruction of Congress – those principles are not as immediate or intense as partisanship or people’s belief that the policies that I care about impact me personally.
So for example, there is a large pro-life community in this country, and they feel disrespected by the Democrat Party, and my prediction is, they will stand by Trump through everything, because that issue is not only important to them, but it's personal to them.
HARLOW: It is notable that you, a Republican, who has run for office for the Senate as a Republican, for president as a Republican, who may run again as a Republican, is saying it is, quote, vital that he be impeached. What are you hearing from your Republican friends in the House, in the Senate?
FIORINA: I think --
HARLOW: What is your message to them?
FIORINA: I think my message is, in this country hanging onto a job is not the most important thing. In this country, we don't pledge allegiance to a party or to a president. In this country, principles matter, and in particular the principle that we have co-equal branches of government and that no one is above the law, and that it is Congress' duty to oversee and to investigate.