Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

GOP Rep. Who Wouldn't Rule Out Impeaching Trump Announces Retirement

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. second from left poses during a ceremonial swearing-in with Rep. Francis Rooney R-Fla. right on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 3 2019 GOP Congressman Undecided on Impeachment Won’t Seek New Term
Patty Aguilar | 21 October, 2019, 20:09

On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", anchor Chris Wallace said a "well-connected" Washington Republican told him that there is a 20% chance Republicans will vote to remove President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial.

"No, I am - listen, I am very happy working there", Mulvaney said.

During an interview on Fox News' "America's Newsroom", Rooney told Fox host Leland Vittert that he did not want to serve a third term in Congress.

The congressman said he wanted to be a "model for term limits", and added: "People need to realize. this is public service not public life".

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On Friday, Rooney wouldn't rule out potentially supporting Trump's impeachment after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney explicitly confirmed that military aid to Ukraine had been withheld to get the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden, Trump's top 2020 rival. His statement was a striking one among House Republicans defensive of Trump. He said Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had publicly acknowledged a quid pro quo was at work when Trump held up US aid to Ukraine in exchange for Ukraine's investigation of Democrats and the 2016 elections.

Rooney said he wasn't "100% sure right this second".

Rooney said some Republicans might be afraid of being rebuked by the party if they expressed skepticism about the President, saying, "It might be the end of things for me.depending on how things go".

Trump has acknowledged numerous central facts related to the call, maintaining that none of it amounted to wrongdoing or a demand for a "quid pro quo", a Latin phrase meaning a favor in exchange for a favor.

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