O'Rourke: Democrats enable Trump by not impeaching him

 O'Rourke: Democrats enable Trump by not impeaching him
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Presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke raises .6 million in second quarter Biden support slips below 30 percent in new poll Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan MORE said in an interview that aired Sunday that fellow Democrats are enabling President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE's willingness to take foreign information on campaign opponents by not impeaching him. 

"If there are no consequences, if there is no accountability, if there is no justice, then we will have set the precedent that it is OK to accept help from a foreign government, it is OK to obstruct the investigation into the interference in our election," O'Rourke said while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union." 

The former Democratic congressman also doubled down on his call for impeachment, saying that it is necessary to send a signal about foreign interference in U.S. elections.

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"Impeachment is incredibly important to get to the facts, to discover the truth, to make sure that there is accountability for the undermining of our democracy, but also to send the signal that this can never happen again, to send the signal to Russia, to send the signal to Donald Trump, to send the signal to this country that we will save this Democracy," he said. 

He added that Democrats should look beyond the next election when making this decision. 

"It is now time for the House of Representatives to act, to look beyond the polls and their prospects in the next election, and look to the future of this country and the generations that follow who are counting on us to do the right thing," he said. 

His comments follow remarks by President Trump in an interview in which he suggested that he might accept damaging information on a political opponent from a foreign government. 

“I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening,” Trump told ABC News. “It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI.”

In the interview, ABC News's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes gamble on North Korea 2020 Democratic candidates pan Trump's North Korea visit Ex-Bush CIA chief Hayden denounces Trump comments on Russian election interference MORE noted that Trump's FBI director, Christopher Wray, said campaigns should report such contact from foreign entities to the bureau.

"The FBI director is wrong," Trump responded.

O'Rourke is among two dozen people vying for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination.