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Rooney steps out: GOP member 'thinking' about impeachment

Posted On: Oct 18, 2019   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump gave an atta-boy to Republican Rep. Francis Rooney last year on the congressman's home turf in swing state Florida.
"I love it when he defends me," the president said then. He might feel differently now.
The second-term Republican said out loud Friday what others in his party are not saying, namely that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged a quid pro quo was at work when Trump held up U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for Kyiv's investigation of Democrats and the 2016 elections. Mulvaney later claimed his comments had been misconstrued, but Rooney said he and other Republicans heard them clearly.
"He said there's a quid pro quo," Rooney said of Mulvaney during a telephone interview. "I just don't think that the power and prestige of our country is supposed to be used for political things."
Asked whether he thinks Trump's conduct is impeachable, Rooney replied, "I'm still thinking about it."
Anything short of a "no" on that question, even from...

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