GOFFSTOWN — Since the 2014 election cycle, hedge fund billionaire and progressive activist Tom Steyer has been using his considerable means to power his political action committee’s effort to get young voters to shape the next generation of political life.

In 2019, the liberal advocacy mogul wants to make President Donald Trump the first Chief Executive to be removed from office by impeachment.

In an interview with the Union Leader after his talk, “Corruption or Justice: American Democracy at a Crossroads,” at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Steyer says he wants Americans to see the full Mueller report for themselves.

Steyer, who doesn’t hesitate to call Trump “the most corrupt President in American history,” points to the Senate Watergate hearings that prompted the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974 as the example the country ought to follow today.

“I think that was a great example of how democracy is supposed to work, including the essential value of a free press,” said Steyer of the hearings.

“In Watergate people would go, ‘Wow, John Ehrlichman is going to testify, here’s what he’s going to testify about, here’s who he is, let’s see how he does.’ The same thing for Bob Haldeman ... they all went to jail, they were all crooks. Guess what? All of these people from Trump’s cabinet should be going to jail.”

In addition to running NextGen America, (formerly NextGen Climate), a San Francisco-based super PAC aimed at getting young Americans on the voter rolls and turning them out for progressive candidates, Steyer heads up Need to Impeach, an organization he founded in October 2017 with the sole focus of rallying voters in support of impeaching Trump.

Steyer says he’s gotten more than six million Americans to sign on in support of impeachment, with 80 percent of that number reportedly promising to turn out for the midterms in 2020.

After a career spent serving as a top tier fundraiser for members of the Democratic establishment, including John Kerry and Bill and Hillary Clinton, Steyer’s dogged commitment to the impeachment of Trump puts him at odds with many leading Democrats, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who made clear last month that impeachment of the President was not something she was going to dedicate her caucus’ time and resources to.

“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” said Pelosi on March 19.

Steyer appears unmoved by the findings of the Mueller report detailed last month in a letter to Congress by Attorney General William Barr, who cleared Trump on obstruction of justice charges. The letter states the Mueller report found no evidence that the Trump campaign tried to coordinate with the Russian government in 2016.

Steyer called Barr a “servile” attorney who has “basically done the bidding of his master.” And while Steyer says he’s interested to see the redacted Mueller report that Barr intends to produce todayon Thursday, Steyer says Trump’s impeachable offenses are obvious to everyone.

“The two things I think Americans understand most clearly are corruption and obstruction,” Steyer said. “And (Trump) is, on the public record, guilty of both.”

While 2020 Democratic candidates did not respond to requests for comment about Steyer’s impeachment effort, the New Hampshire State Republican Party stated that it was more than happy to see Steyer bring his Need to Impeach tour to New Hampshire.

“Tom Steyer is doing great work for Republicans’ 2020 efforts by advocating a left-of-Left agenda with a baseless push for impeachment,” said NH GOP Communications Director Joe Sweeney.

“While Democrats need an out-of-state billionaire to pump money into New Hampshire to organize their voters, Republicans have exciting leaders like Governor Sununu and President Trump firing up our base.”

At the end of the day, Steyer claims his impeachment drive is about more than just the presidency of Donald Trump.

“My point is to show the American people that if you don’t believe this is impeachable, you don’t believe in impeachment,” Steyer said. “Choosing not to pursue this is saying the President is above the law. You can say that, but you’ve got to trash the Constitution to do it.”{/div}