John Kasich Backs Impeachment
John Kasich tells Ana Cabrera that Trump should be impeached. "I say it with great sadness. This is not something that I really wanted to do. ...But this behavior, in my opinion, cannot be tolerated." pic.twitter.com/12YjAGPErM— Rebecca Buck (@RebeccaBuck) October 18, 2019
When Ceaser crossed the Rubicon two millennia ago, he made an irrevocable decision to go to war to fight for the leadership of the Roman Republic.
It would lead to him becoming emperor and, eventually, his assassination.
Now, former Ohio Governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich is making a decision from which his career in the Republican Party may never recover, at least in the Trump era.
After hearing Mulvaney's comments, I now believe that @realDonaldTrump should be impeached by the US House and face a trial in the US Senate.— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) October 18, 2019
This is not a decision I've made lightly, but it's clear now that a line was crossed. This is an abuse of power. Action must be taken. pic.twitter.com/5p3QGmp8YN
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told CNN Friday that President Trump should be impeached after acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said the Trump administration had frozen military aid as leverage to get Ukraine to investigate a conspiracy theory about a DNC server.
The big picture: Kasich has long been a political opponent of Trump — despite his prior hesitancy to call for the president's impeachment — and said he was "very seriously" considering a 2020 primary challenge as recently as last year.
Worth noting: Mulvaney walked back his quid pro quo comments after his on camera briefing on Thursday, claiming that "the media has decided to misconstrue my comments to advance a biased and political witch hunt against President Trump" in a later statement.
Kasich is one of a handful of Republicans favorably covered by CNN and other mainstream media outlets.