John Kerry: Some evidence against Trump 'more powerful already than what we saw in the impeachment of Richard Nixon'

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Friday, former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Paris Agreement: Biden's chance to restore international standing Kerry promises Europeans Biden will seek to make up time on climate action MORE commented on what he believes is serious evidence that has mounted against President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE in the House impeachment inquiry. He went on to compare the situation to former President Nixon's impeachment.

"The evidence is powerful, some of it more powerful already than what we saw in the impeachment of Richard Nixon," Kerry said in the CNN interview. "The evidence at this point in time certainly merits the inquiry that is taking place."

The former secretary did not go as far as to say Trump should be impeached, stating "the evidence has to be examined," and that he did not want to draw conclusions.


Kerry also called for allowing investigators to "do their work appropriately" days after a group of Republican lawmakers entered a secure room known as a sensitive compartmented information facility. 

"It would be far better for democracy and the whole world if the world could see a Congress in which everybody was respecting the legitimacy of this process and let the facts tell the story," he said. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack Do Democrats really want unity? MORE (D-Calif.) has launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump over his dealings with Ukraine. House members on several investigative committees have been hearing testimony from a series of current and former officials. 

Trump has denied wrongdoing on numerous occasions, calling his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "perfect."  

Nixon resigned from office over the infamous Watergate scandal. Many believe he would have been impeached if he did not resign.