O'Rourke joins calls to impeach Trump

Former congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Julián Castro endorses Warren in 2020 race MORE (D-Texas) is voicing support for beginning impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE

“We're finally learning the truth about this president. And yes, there has to be consequences. Yes, there has to be accountability. Yes, I think there's enough evidence now for the House of Representatives to move forward with impeachment,” O'Rourke said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News published on Saturday. 

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“This is our country, and this is the one chance that we get to ensure that it remains a democracy and that no man, regardless of his position, is above the law.”

O'Rourke openly supported impeachment while running unsuccessfully for a Texas Senate seat. But he also voted twice against moving toward impeachment proceedings, The Dallas Morning News noted. 

O'Rourke said in March that the 2020 election may be the best way to remove Trump from office. 

"I think the American people are going to have a chance to decide this at the ballot box in November 2020, and perhaps that's the best way for us to resolve these outstanding questions," he said at the time. 

But O'Rourke told The Dallas Morning News that Trump should face impeachment, saying he has put the nation's democracy at risk. He added that Trump “welcomed the participation of a foreign power into our election, that sought to sway that election in his favor” and “clearly obstructed justice in firing the principal investigator," a reference to former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE

“[Though] lying and dissembling and creating such a climate of fear within the White House and government ... he almost got away with it,” O'Rourke said.  

Impeachment has become a divisive issue among Democrats running for president, with some voicing support and others warning that it could have detrimental consequences. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) called for Trump's impeachment after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's report was released. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE, who launched his 2020 campaign last month, said that Congress should begin impeachment proceedings if the White House works to block Democrats from its efforts to investigate the president.