AUSTIN — U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas said Monday he has seen enough evidence to support impeaching President Trump.
The El Paso Democrat, who is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat, told Chad Hasty on KFYO-AM in Lubbock that he would vote in favor of articles of impeachment if he were serving in the Senate.
"I've see an attempt, no matter how ham-handed, to collude with a foreign government in our national election," O'Rourke said. "I've seen an effort to obstruct justice in the investigation of what happened in the 2016 election."
He also offered a pointed critique of the president.
"I don't think that President Trump has the fitness or confidence or judgment to be in that position," he said.
But O'Rourke said any vote on impeachment should wait until special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is completed.
"Impeachment doesn't make any sense right now," O'Rourke said.
Mueller, a former FBI director, was appointed as special counsel by the Justice Department in May to investigate Russian interference in the election and possible collusion between Russia and members of Trump's campaign team.
FBI agents raided the offices of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on Monday, in part based on a referral from Mueller.
Trump criticized the move on Twitter, calling the raids "a disgraceful situation" and "a total witch hunt."
After O'Rourke's radio interview on Monday, Cruz's campaign manager Jeff Roe used Twitter to criticize his remarks.
"This is what happens when your pursuit of small dollars overwhelms your pursuit of victory," Roe wrote. "Today will mark the best fundraising day of (O'Rourke's) campaign. It will also mark the moment when the 5% chance he had to win evaporated."
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