O'Rourke: Trump should resign

O'Rourke: Trump should resign
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White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Saturday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE to resign amid mounting scrutiny over his dealings with Ukraine.

The former Democratic congressman from Texas argued at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival that "the best possible path" for the country would be for "this president to resign, allow this country to heal and ensure that we come back together with the greatest, most ambitious agenda we’ve ever faced."

"None of it possible while he remains in power," O'Rourke added.

O’Rourke and several other Democrats both on the presidential campaign trail and on Capitol Hill have backed a new effort launched by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Calif.) to initiate a formal impeachment investigation into Trump.

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Democrats have cited Trump's suggestion to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Ukraine open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE, the current 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner.

A public memorandum of a July phone call between the two presidents showed that Trump lobbied Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter Trump legal team launches impeachment defense MORE to investigate Biden.

A declassified copy of a whistleblower complaint regarding the call said that a future phone call or meeting between the two presidents “would depend on whether Zelensky showed willingness to ‘play ball,’” and that “multiple White House officials with direct knowledge” of the call were alarmed that Trump appeared to be using his office for his personal political gain.

Trump has denied wrongdoing over the Ukraine conversation and has blasted the whistleblower who filed the complaint against him, questioning whether the individual was a "spy" or "partisan" by raising alarms about his call.

O’Rourke panned Trump earlier this week over the developments, comparing the scandal to Watergate. 

“If you looked at the polling on impeachment around [former President] Nixon at this point in the investigation, it wasn’t the most popular thing in the country. Yet with the vantage of hindsight, we know that it was absolutely the right thing to do, and President Nixon did the right thing and resigned before it moved to a trial in the Senate,” O’Rourke said on CNN. 

“I’m calling upon those who are close to President Trump now … who right now are complicit in what the president is doing to advise him to do the right thing and to resign from his office,” he added. 

O’Rourke shot to national prominence last year with an insurgent Senate bid against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump, Democrats risk unintended consequences with impeachment arguments Impeachment trial to enter new phase with Trump defense Jordan says he thinks trial will be over by next week MORE (R-Texas) that hauled in a record amount of donations, but he has seen his presidential poll numbers plateau near the bottom or middle of most national and statewide surveys.

Despite his lagging polling numbers, O'Rourke on Saturday dismissed speculation that he could head for the exits soon.

“I’m in this thing until the very end,” he said. “I’m in all the way.”