Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke opined that Democrats would ‘lose our Democracy forever’ unless they began impeachment proceedings immediately against President Donald Trump.
O’Rourke was speaking to Chris Matthews on his MSNBC show Wednesday when he made the comments.
“Act now or lose our Democracy forever,” said O’Rourke.
“That is the choice before us,” he continued, “and 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 campaign for one right now. But this moment demands more of us.
“And we will be judged by how we have faced these facts,” O’Rourke 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,” he concluded. “So it’s that clear to me I hope it is that clear to member of Congress who have the opportunity to act while there’s still time.”
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.