Sen. Bernie Sanders talked about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump during an appearance on “The Late Show” on Thursday night and said that it needs to move fast. The presidential candidate also noted that he been calling for an inquiry for a while.
“What I’m thinking is that Donald Trump is probably the most corrupt president in the modern history of this country and that the impeachment inquiry has got to move as quickly as possible,” Sanders told Stephen Colbert. “He is really an embarrassment to our country and let’s get moving on the impeachment inquiry.”
The decision to begin the inquiry came after a whistleblower complaint that Trump sought to use foreign power from Ukraine during a phone call for his own political gain. During the call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump urged him to investigate Joe Biden’s son.
Trump later told reporters that he did so because “we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”
Colbert pointed out that the story has moved fast and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “immediately went to impeachment inquiry.”
“Do you think that was the right thing to do, to go that fast?” Colbert asked Sanders.
“I do. I’ve been calling for an impeachment inquiry for months,” Sanders said. “I think that this Ukrainian business — using national security money designed to protect the people of money — and use that as leverage to try to get dirt on a political opponent and then trying to cover that up… This is an outrage on top of an outrage and I think this is kind of taken millions of people to say, ‘You know what? Enough is enough with this guy.’”
Sanders also said that President Trump likely doesn’t understand the Constitution, grew up “a spoiled brat,” and doesn’t work hard, tell the truth, or pay his taxes.
“I think we’ve got to explain to him what the Constitution of the United States is about,” he said as the crowd applauded.