McAuliffe: We should look at impeaching Trump over Putin summit

McAuliffe: We should look at impeaching Trump over Putin summit
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Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) ripped into President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE on Sunday, suggesting he should be impeached over his behavior at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this summer in Helsinki.

Trump should “stop bear-hugging Putin,” McAuliffe told CNN’s Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

Trump was widely criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for siding with Putin at a news conference over U.S. intelligence experts on the issue of Russian election meddling.

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McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who held top spots in Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clinton2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Pelosi: Trump trying 'to suppress the vote' with attacks on mail-in ballots MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState polling problematic — again 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet 'Unmasking' Steele dossier source: Was confidentiality ever part of the deal? MORE's presidential campaigns, began attacking Trump for his comments hours after he made them, tweeting that the president had “violated his oath to preserve, protect and defend...against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

On Sunday, McAuliffe said that impeachment for Trump’s behavior at Helsinki is “something we oughta look at.”

“Imagine this, that President Clinton or President Obama had travelled to Helsinki and done what Trump had done, you would already have impeachment trials,” McAuliffe told Tapper.

Putin “is a foe he fights us every single day. We’re battling him all over the globe,” McAuliffe said.

“They’re undermining our country.”