Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) on Friday indicated he has not ruled out the possibility of voting to impeach President Trump, an unexpected admission from a GOP lawmaker who is a member of one of the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry.
“I’m still thinking about it,” the Florida Republican said in an interview with The Associated Press when asked if he thought Trump’s conduct is impeachable.
Rooney, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also said acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s remarks on Thursday amounted to an acknowledgment that there was a quid pro quo at play when the Trump administration withheld U.S. military aid to Ukraine as a means to pressure Kiev to investigate Democrats.
“He said there’s a quid pro quo,” Rooney said of Mulvaney. “I just don’t think that the power and prestige of our country is supposed to be used for political things.”
Earlier in the day, The Washington Post reported that Rooney told reporters that Trump “has said many times there wasn’t a quid pro quo … and now Mick Mulvaney goes up and says, ‘Yeah, it was all part of the whole plan.’”
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