Republican congressman open to impeaching Trump announces retirement

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2019

There are a number of offences based on which Donald Trump can be potentially impeached but the strongest case against him comes from the recently released Whistleblower Reports where his conversations with the President of Ukraine were leaked where he was seen asking his Ukrainian counterpart for personal favours for political gains.

He said he was concerned about an acknowledgment by Mick Mulvaney, the White House acting chief of staff, on Thursday that the Trump administration had held up almost $400 million in aid for Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory about interference in the 2016 US elections.

Taylor's text messages with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland have surfaced as a central thread in the probe by House of Representatives Democrats into allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden and his son.

Rooney, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the center of the inquiry, said Friday that he had not yet come to a conclusion on whether the President committed a crime that compels his removal from office, a striking view among House Republicans defensive of Trump.

"I demand his deposition", Trump said.

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.

Twenty Republican senators would need to align with Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats to reach the 67 mark to convict Trump.

Due to testify in closed session on Wednesday are Philip Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of state for Europe, and Michael Duffey, associate director for national security programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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