RNA - The former Democratic congressman from Texas argued at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival that "the best possible path" for the country would be for "this president to resign, allow this country to heal and ensure that we come back together with the greatest, most ambitious agenda we’ve ever faced", according to The Hill.
"None of it possible while he remains in power," O'Rourke added.
O’Rourke and several other Democrats both on the presidential campaign trail and on Capitol Hill have backed a new effort launched by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to initiate a formal impeachment investigation into Trump.
Democrats have cited Trump's suggestion to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Ukraine open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, the current 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner.
A public memorandum of a July phone call between the two presidents showed that Trump lobbied Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate Biden.
A declassified copy of a whistleblower complaint regarding the call said that a future phone call or meeting between the two presidents “would depend on whether Zelensky showed willingness to ‘play ball’”, and that “multiple White House officials with direct knowledge” of the call were alarmed that Trump appeared to be using his office for his personal political gain.
Trump has denied wrongdoing over the Ukraine conversation and has blasted the whistleblower who filed the complaint against him, questioning whether the individual was a "spy" or "partisan" by raising alarms about his call.
O’Rourke panned Trump earlier this week over the developments, comparing the scandal to Watergate.
“If you looked at the polling on impeachment around [former President] Nixon at this point in the investigation, it wasn’t the most popular thing in the country. Yet with the vantage of hindsight, we know that it was absolutely the right thing to do, and President Nixon did the right thing and resigned before it moved to a trial in the Senate,” O’Rourke said on CNN.
“I’m calling upon those who are close to President Trump now … who right now are complicit in what the president is doing to advise him to do the right thing and to resign from his office,” he added.
O’Rourke shot to national prominence last year with an insurgent Senate bid against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that hauled in a record amount of donations, but he has seen his presidential poll numbers plateau near the bottom or middle of most national and statewide surveys.
Despite his lagging polling numbers, O'Rourke on Saturday dismissed speculation that he could head for the exits soon.
“I’m in this thing until the very end,” he said, adding, “I’m in all the way.”