‘I’ve Seen Enough’: John Kasich Calls For Trump’s Impeachment, Calls Out Republican Cowardice
In the latest development surrounding President Donald Trump’s endless scandals, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday said Trump should be impeached. He also urged Republicans to “look at yourself” and do the right thing. The move is a major switch for Kasich who had previously said there was not enough evidence to impeach the President.
The Ohio Republican told CNN’s Ana Cabrera Friday the “final straw” for him was White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s Thursday admission that military aid was withheld from Ukraine in order to pressure that country for investigations into Democrats.
“But if you are asking me if I was sitting in the House of Representatives today and you were to ask me how do I feel, do I think impeachment should move forward and should go for a full examination and a trial in the United States Senate, my vote would be yes.” Kasich said on CNN’s “Newsroom.”
Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, said the events of Thursday afternoon — Mulvaney’s admission of a quid pro quo and the announcement of the resignation of Energy Secretary Rick Perry chief among them — caused him to rethink his stance.
“If Barack Obama had been doing something like this, Republicans would be going crazy,” he claimed. “Now it’s their own guy doing it. What’s fair is fair.”
Kasich urged Republicans to “look at yourself and say, ‘What do we expect out of the President? How do we expect the President to conduct foreign policy? Are there some lines that simply cannot be crossed?”
He also called out Republicans for being afraid to speak out.
“It is very difficult for a Republican to come out and say anything like this because they’re going to get attacked at home. …You gotta be willing to take the heat, frankly,” he said.
Kasich did echo another party line in the interview, calling for Democrats in the House to vote to formalize an “open” and “clear” impeachment inquiry in order “to get all the facts out there so that people can understand what’s at risk.”
I think this endorsement will nudge some Republicans along the way.
Kasich has never been a Trump fan, but he’s long advocated against impeachment unless it was absolutely necessary. https://t.co/hD6wd7O32g
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) October 18, 2019