Gore says Ukraine scandal gives ‘new impetus’ to impeachment movement

Former Vice President Al Gore on Monday said a controversy surrounding a whistleblower complaint and President Donald Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gives “new impetus” to calls for impeachment proceedings.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour outside of the United Nations, Gore said “there is no evidence … of any credible accusation against (Biden).”

“The facts being laid out on President Trump’s conversation with the head of Ukraine must be investigated thoroughly,” he continued. “And this latest accusation, like some of the others, falls into a rare category. The only remedy is an impeachment investigation.”

The controversy surrounding a phone call Trump acknowledged having with Ukraine’s president about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in July has rekindled talk among Democrats about a potential impeachment movement.

CNN previously reported Trump pressed Zelensky in the call to investigate Biden’s son, according to a person familiar with the situation. That call was also part of a whistleblower complaint submitted to the Intelligence Community Inspector General, another person familiar with the situation told CNN.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.

When asked if he thought an impeachment investigation against Trump should happen, Gore said the latest controversy gives “new impetus” to congressional Democrats’ first stage in investigating whether there should be impeachment proceedings.

“There’s a difference between an investigation to see if there should be a formal impeachment and the formal impeachment itself. They’re in the first stage now. But this really gives new impetus to that,” he said.

Gore continued: “It all depends on what the truth is, but they must find the truth. Because, were it to be true, and not addressed, it would normalize the most obscene and outrageous behavior, threaten the rule of law and the promise of democracy and self-governance. That much is at stake.”

House Democrats have said they are a close to a “tipping point” on an impeachment investigation into Trump. In a letter to Congress on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the Trump administration to allow the whistleblower who made the complaint to the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General to come before Congress.

“If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation,” Pelosi wrote.

CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.