Actor Robert De Niro: Trump must be 'held accountable' with impeachment inquiry

Actor Robert De Niro: Trump must be 'held accountable' with impeachment inquiry
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Award-winning actor Robert De Niro slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE, saying, among other criticisms, that the president has to be "held accountable" with the impeachment inquiry.

"If we don't go through this impeachment inquiry, we're letting him get away with something," De Niro told MSNBC's Joy Reid Saturday morning. 

"He has done something wrong, he has to pay for that. He has to be held accountable."

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De Niro, a consistent critic of Trump, also told Reid that Trump lacks "sympathy or empathy for anything or anybody," calling Trump a "fake president."

"He calls everything else fake because he knows he's fake," the 76-year-old actor said.

 Trump, De Niro continued, has hurt the U.S.'s relationships with a lot of countries and the country needs a president that can repair "the damage that has been done."

Specifically, De Niro said that he believed that 2020 hopeful Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOvernight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change Sanders surges to first in New Hampshire: poll Majority sees no ties between business experience and political success MORE could do this.  

"He's young, but he's got all of the qualifications," De Niro told Reid.

The veteran actor also mentioned Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergSteyer would have owed M more in taxes under lawmakers' proposal: liberal group Majority sees no ties between business experience and political success Fifth congressional Democrat backs Bloomberg in 2020 race MORE as someone who he thinks could do the job.

"He's a grown-up, he's run [New York] for three terms," De Niro said of Bloomberg, adding that "he hasn't done everything perfectly, but he's very, very good."

Bloomberg hasn't officially launched a presidential campaign, but Friday he filed to be on Alabama's Democratic primary ballot. 

Buttigieg has seen a recent surge in the polls and is currently polling at 17.5 percent in Iowa, according to RCP's average of polls.