Francis Rooney, Florida Republican weighing Trump impeachment, won't seek reelection
Added 10-20-19 07:03:01am EST - “Florida Rep. Francis Rooney, one of the few Republicans openly weighing whether to impeach President Donald Trump, said Saturday he will not run for reelection.” - Washingtontimes.com
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WASHINGTON — Florida Rep. Francis Rooney, one of the few Republicans openly weighing whether to impeach President Donald Trump, said Saturday he will not run for reelection.
Asked if he needed or hoped for a third term in 2020, he told Fox News, “I don’t really think I do and I don’t think I really want one.” He later confirmed to The Associated Press that he will not run again, thereby adding his name to an already extensive list of GOP retirements.
Rooney said Friday he was “still thinking about” whether to vote to impeach Trump, saying Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, had acknowledged a quid pro quo was at work when Trump held up U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for Ukraine’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.
“I just don’t think that the power and prestige of our country is supposed to be used for political things,” he said in an AP interview. He also said he was still thinking about whether he believed Trump’s conduct was impeachable.
Anything short of a “no” on that question, even from only one of 197 Republicans in the House, is notable as Democrats drive to impeach Trump.
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