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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 TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit 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 PelosiVoters want a strong economy and leadership, Democrats should listen On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Democrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus 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 BidenBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit Protect our world: How the Biden administration can save lives and economies worldwide 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 GiulianiTrump tells GSA that Biden transition can begin Biden moves forward as GOP breaks with Trump rise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy 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 CruzMcSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview Republican senators urge Trump to label West Bank goods as 'Made in Israel' 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.”