Former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced on Friday that he would back President Trump’s impeachment if he were in the House because Trump’s behavior “cannot be tolerated.”
“Look, I fought with people on air over, ‘Is there a quid pro quo’ and ‘Does this rise to the level of impeachment.’ I now believe that it does,” Kasich said during an interview on CNN.
“And I say it with great sadness. This is not something I really wanted to do,” he added.
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
Kasich, who ran for president in 2016, said acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s comments yesterday indicating the Trump administration held up aid to Ukraine to ensure it investigated issues related to the 2016 election were a breaking point in his view on impeaching Trump.
“I heard what Mulvaney said, the chief of staff of the president, it pushed me really across the Rubicon,” Kasich said.
“And I’ll tell you why. Withholding military aid, vital military aid to a nation like Ukraine which has Russian troops inside its territory, that’s threatened all the time, that withholding it so that a political operation can take place — investigate this thing around the server, and we’re going to withhold the aid before you do that — to me it’s totally inappropriate. It’s an abuse of power,” he added.
Kasich said “this kind of behavior this behavior … cannot be tolerated” and action must be taken.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Mulvaney’s “acknowledgement” means that “things have gone from very, very bad to much, much worse.”