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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 ClintonHoward Schultz must run as a Democrat for chance in 2020 Trump says he never told McCabe his wife was 'a loser' Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump 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.”