GOP House Intel members accuse Democrats of withholding impeachment inquiry documents

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2019

Rep. Francis Rooney was asked during a Fox News interview if he'd seek a third term in 2020, and he replied: "I don't really think I want one".

The memo also includes DCCC polling data that shows Democrats feel more convinced of their impeachment narrative than Republicans - Trump is a criminal for the former and Democrats want to undo the 2016 election results they still can't accept for the latter.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has recently announced that, apparently, voters in the United States won't have a say over whether she and her colleagues honour their "oath of office" regarding the Trump impeachment issue, at least not directly.

Asked if he was anxious about Trump's wrath, Rooney said he wasn't.

Mulvaney's comments, which the White House later tried to walk back, "are probably going to drive some people just to rethink this just a little more", Rooney said.

"I think he will play it straight", said Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas and a close McConnell ally, who noted his party's narrow voting margin.

He said he wanted "to get the facts and do the right thing because I'll be looking at my children a lot longer than I'm looking to anybody in this building".

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are accusing Democrats of withholding documents central to the impeachment inquiry. He is fond of making examples of Republicans by threatening to sink their reelection bids and following through in a few cases. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who has been critical of Trump's handling of Turkey's assault on Syrian Kurds.

The internal memo aims to make sure Democrats are on the same page on what's behind their effort to impeach Trump, including a false narrative about the call between the president and his Ukrainian counterpart.

He went on: "I love him when he defends me".

Rooney, 65, serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and is a solid member of the Republican establishment. He raised a red flag and said it was "crazy" to withhold the military aid for a political investigation. Among the wealthiest members of the House, he won his second term a year ago with 62 percent of the vote.

Rooney has at times been a Trump critic.

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