Sen. Cory Booker preached patience in the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference and potential ties to the Trump campaign, saying he was not ready yet to entertain talk of impeachment charges.
“I’m not going to rush to impeachment," Booker (D-N.J.) said Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union." "I think we need to deal with this in a very sobered way."
Democratic lawmakers have largely shied away from discussion of seeking the impeachment of President Donald Trump, whose White House and former transition team have been hit with a wave of recent controversies pertaining to contacts with Russian officials.
The senator said what is needed now is an "objective assessment of facts" and not a "relitigation" of the 2016 presidential election, which was mired in partisan politics. Booker added that he was "satisfied" to see progress being made in probes of Trump-Russia ties within both the federal government and the legislative branch.
"All I know is I’m very satisfied that we have an independent investigation now going on through the Justice Department as well as" in Congress, he told host Dana Bash.
The New Jersey senator emphasized, though, that any attempts to subvert American democracy through cooperation with Russian officials would not be tolerated.
“We need to get to the bottom of what happened," Booker said. “If there are Americans that colluded with the Russians to undermine our democratic processes, they should be held to account.”