Beto O’Rourke vows he would have his DOJ prosecute Trump in 2020

During a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “The Week,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) tried flexing his leftist muscles for the camera by promising to prosecute Donald Trump if he wins the presidency in 2020.

(Screenshot: “The Week”)

Host George Stephanopoulos asked O’Rourke first if he thought President Trump has committed any crimes that permit impeachment as a reaction.

O’Rourke answered, “He did. I think that’s clear from what we have learned from the Mueller report. But I think those crimes might extend beyond what we have seen in the Mueller report; using public office for personal gain, for himself and for his family, the relationship that he has with Vladimir Putin, which has never been properly explained from the invitation as a candidate to have Russia involve itself in our election, his efforts to obstruct justice, the fact that he called Vladimir Putin after the Mueller report was released, called it a hoax, thereby giving him a green light to further participate in our democracy and our elections.”

The congressman continued, “If with don’t hold the president accountable we’ll set the precedent that some people in this country, because of their position of power, are in fact above the law. And if we do that, we’ll lose this democracy forever. Regardless of the popularity of the idea or what the polling shows us, we must proceed with impeachment so we get the facts and the truth and at end of the day there’s justice for what was done to our democracy in 2016.”

Stephanoupolis then theorized that even if Congress moved to impeach Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would never finish the matter. The host asked O’Rourke if he would want the Justice Department to prosecute Trump should someone defeat him in 2020.

“I would want my Justice Department, any future administration’s Justice Department to follow the facts and the truth and to make sure at the end of the day there’s accountability and justice, without this, without that, this idea, this experiment of American democracy comes to a close,” O’Rourke said. “We were attacked unlike any other time in our 243-year history and we have a president who yet to acknowledge it and a president who has yet to be brought to justice. Yes, no matter who that is.”

O’Rourke’s generic threats sound especially small when you consider what a minor factor he currently is in the race for president among Democrats.

A Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN Iowa poll done this week revealed that the leading Democrat contenders right now are Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. O’Rourke is at the bottom of the polling struggling to even keep single digits in his favor.

O’Rourke was quickly mocked on social media following his “threat” to prosecute Trump for crimes he never specifically identifies or provides any evidence for.

“Gosnell” director and “Justified” star Nick Searcy gave O’Rourke a reality check with his response.

“Something tells me Trump isn’t too worried about this scenario actually occurring,” Searcy said about O’Rourke’s prosecution threat.

“It’s fun that he can’t specifically cite what those crimes are,” one Twitter user responded to O’Rourke’s interview.

Another replied, “Is Beto Potato a prosecutor? Is he even an attorney?”

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