CNN political contributor Paul Begala, former advisor to President Bill Clinton, called President Trump a “one-man crime wave” and said there will be multiple impeachments of President Donald Trump in an interview on CNN.
“I think this is not the first impeachment of Donald Trump,” Begala said. “I think he is a — I think he is a one-man crime wave. I think he is a recidivist.”
“I think the Democrats have to continue oversight,” he said. “They may have to continue impeachment investigations.”
Begala shared with CNN’s Poppy Harlow that shortly after Democrats took control of the House, he told Speaker Nancy Pelosi that impeachment has to be bipartisan and only to do it when the Republicans ask you to, not before.
“I had this conversation, I probably shouldn’t say off — a conversation with Nancy Pelosi right after the Democrats won the majority, said that too. You should impeach the president when the Republicans ask you to, and not before. It has to be bipartisan. And yet it’s not,” Begala revealed.
“The Democrats’ biggest risk is if they’re seen as the party of impeach-the-blankety-blank, right? The Republicans’ big risk is as the party of shoot-a-man-on-Fifth-Avenue-and-get-away-with-it,” Begala said. “I think that the tone that the speaker has set has helped put some of her more radical members in line, right?”
PAUL BEGALA, CNN CONTRIBUTOR, FMR. CLINTON ADVSIOR: I hate to say this, but I think this is not the first impeachment of Donald Trump. I think he is a — I think he is a one-man crime wave. I think he is a recidivist. As soon as Mueller finished testifying, he gets on the phone and tries to shake down the Ukrainians. I don’t believe that’s the only time he’s ever done it. I think criminals commit crimes.
And so I think the Democrats have to continue oversight. They may have to continue impeachment investigations. It strengthens their legal hand as well, to try to compel testimony of the people who were actually involved in this that the president’s blocking from testifying. If there’s an open impeachment investigation, I think that allows them to do that.