Republican former Ohio Governor and 2016 Presidential candidate John Kasich has come out in support of a full impeachment and Senate trial of President Donald Trump.
Kasich announced his support in an interview on CNN.
The “final straw” for Kasich came after Thursday’s press briefing with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, in which Mulvaney acknowledged that the President withheld pre-approved military aid to Ukraine in exchange for information on the conspiracy theory that Democrats and Ukrainians worked together to frame Russia for meddling in the 2016 election.
Watch Kasich’s CNN appearance below.
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.
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
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) October 18, 2019
“When I heard what Mulvaney said…it pushed me, really, across the rubicon,” Kasich said.
He pointed out that U.S. military aid is crucial to Ukraine, which is fighting to save its relatively new democracy from Russian aggression.
“I know that there are presidents who will withhold aid because they have policy differences, but this is not a policy difference…I fought with people on the air about ‘Is there a quid pro quo’ and ‘Does this rise to the level of impeachment?’ I now believe that it does, and I say it with great sadness. This is not something I really wanted to do…but this behavior, in my opinion, cannot be tolerated and action is going to have to be taken.”
Kasich conceded that he didn’t like the way Democrats have conducted the ongoing impeachment inquiry, but said he would vote for impeachment if he were a sitting member of the House of Representatives.
Though some said it took him too long to reach this conclusion, they commended Kasich’s integrity and encouraged him to convince other Republicans to come out for impeachment as well.
Thank you, John Kasich for having the courage to do what is right, when so many of your fellow republicans cower in fear.
— Be Jane Addams (@larivergirl) October 18, 2019
Finally! And now get a coalition of Senators on board to show MoscowMitch he is not the Godfather
— HerbaLicious (@HerbaHerba) October 18, 2019
What took you so
Long? But thank you. Please try to
Convince your fellow @Gop in the house and senate to support this too. He’s out of control. He may give, if he hasn’t already, the nuclear codes to Putin. Or worse yet, set off nuclear bombs.
— SLP (@sl33643243) October 18, 2019
Good. Now get the rest of ur friends on board. This is not time for a party
— maryjane ☘️ (@ljhickey24) October 18, 2019
Some took the news as a sign that the tides were turning against Trump.
Dear @realDonaldTrump ,
The Republican party is slowly beginning to see the error of their ways, in defending you. Just to confirm for you, you WILL be tried by the full Senate for your crimes and Justic Roberts will preside…and you will be impeached for being a criminal.
— Nicholas Patrick (@nbpatrick) October 18, 2019
The lights are coming on. Trump is now a political liability @HouseGOP & @SenateGOP. You're either with Trump, or you're with America – two diametrically opposed ideologies.@HouseDemocrats @SenateDems
— Dave Koch 🌊🇺🇸 (@David_J_Koch) October 18, 2019
There are many, many fellow Republicans, like my husband and myself, who agree with you. We have been registered Republicans since '72, and voted for Trump, sadly! We will NOT vote for him again and believe he should be impeached and jailed (along with several of his staff)! pic.twitter.com/jz077dI2Nn
— Beckers (@GrandKidBlessed) October 18, 2019
Hopefully, Kasich will work on convincing his fellow Republicans who serve in Congress and will have a say in whether Trump is impeached and removed from office.