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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 10:02 PM

Florida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment

Source: The Hill

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) on Friday indicated he has not ruled out the possibility of voting to impeach President Trump, a rare admission from a GOP lawmaker who is a member of one of the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry.

"I'm still thinking about it," the Florida Republican said in an interview with the Associated Press when asked if he thought Trump's conduct is impeachable.

Rooney, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also said acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's remarks on Thursday amounted to an acknowledgment that there was a quid pro quo at play when the Trump administration withheld U.S. military aid to Ukraine as a means to pressure Kiev to investigate Democrats.

“He said there’s a quid pro quo,” Rooney said of Mulvaney. “I just don’t think that the power and prestige of our country is supposed to be used for political things."

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Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/466557-florida-gop-lawmaker-says-hes-thinking-about-impeachment

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Reply Florida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment (Original post)
highplainsdem Oct 2019 OP
orangecrush Oct 2019 #1
Demonaut Oct 2019 #2
Scurrilous Oct 2019 #3
woodsprite Oct 2019 #4
liberaltrucker Oct 2019 #5
cstanleytech Oct 2019 #6
paleotn Oct 2019 #10
cstanleytech Oct 2019 #11
paleotn Oct 2019 #12
rpannier Oct 2019 #7
bucolic_frolic Oct 2019 #8
paleotn Oct 2019 #9
Judi Lynn Oct 2019 #13

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 10:05 PM

1. Good.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 10:08 PM

2. he's bucking for more donations from the RNC

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 10:15 PM

3. Good!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 11:09 PM

4. Code for he's waiting to be told how to think by McConnell? nt

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 11:16 PM

5. Or channeling Susan Collins

I'm hoping he's serious, but he's a Repub. We'll see.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 05:04 AM

6. I hope our people in the House do not fall for the trap the Repugnants are trying to set of baiting

Pelosi and the Democrats to stop the investigation and impeach Trump immediately.
Why do I say it is a trap? Because of a few things.
First is the Repugnants have supported Trump in his blocking the investigation by refusing to allow federal employees to respond to lawful congressional subpoenas.
Second is because the Repugnants know that impeachment in the House is essentially meaningless as it will be dead on arrival in the Senate as only if the Senate convicts an impeached President can they be removed from office.
Moscow Mitch and all the pro Russian Repugnants in the Senate though will make damn sure that the needed number of votes will not happen though because they completely support everything he does and has done.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 08:42 AM

10. Good points...

Strategically, I would like to see this stretch right into the 2020 campaign season. There's tons left to dig up. Along with the House inquire, there's the whole Gouliani investigation, a few spin offs from Mueller still in the works and NY state investigations. I want as much to come out and be used for maximum damage to the Republicans in the 2020 election cycle. And the idea that there's so much more wrongdoing to investigate is not only the truth, but more than enough cover politically for extending the inquire into next year. McConnell knows the Dems hold all the cards and no matter what they say and do, Dems will keep the drip drip drip of revelations coming....on top of IQ45 and his minions continually fucking it up for all Rethugs.

And I think McConnell and Rethugs outside the cult are going to counter with a "Goldwater" before Christmas. It's no secret that many, if not most Rethugs in the Senate and House weren't at all happy with 2016. And they sure as shit aren't happy now. Word I've heard is, they'll cook up some kind of no prosecution deal, including state prosecution, in exchange for his resignation. The cover being poor health. That the job just beat him down. Sure, a Dem administration in 2021 or NY state could renege on the deal, but who cares? As long as it gets the orange shit monster out of the white house and stops the continuous damage being done to the Rethug brand. They just needed political cover and Mulveny's revelation, the Syrian Kurds and some undisclosed "health issue" might be all the cover they need.

As it stands now in the Senate, Gardner, Collins and McSally are doomed. Of the 12 Dem Senate seats up in 2020, 8 are safe, 3 are competitive and only Doug Jones is a probable loss. Of 23 Republican seats, only 14 are safe, 6 are competitive and 3 are lost. The Dem majority is more than likely safe in the House. If we split the competitive Senate races down the middle, the net is 51 Dems in the Senate (including the 2 I's). Now, add to that calculus whatever crazy ass shit IQ45 will do before Nov. 2020, even after a Senate failure to convict and you see the dark future McConnell is staring into and the reason for the "Goldwater". They could lose all the competitive races and end up with an 8 seat swing to the Dems. He runs a slight but significant risk of losing his own seat unless they do something to staunch the bleeding soon.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #10)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 09:49 AM

11. "unless they do something to staunch the bleeding soon." Which is why they want the Democrats to

impeach him now because they fear the impact if the investigation should continue on into the elections.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #11)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 12:34 PM

12. Yep, they do.

But they also fear him staying in office and committing more Syrian like disasters they have to defend on the 2020 campaign trail. A better alternative would be him to declare victory, plead health issues and leave.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 05:45 AM

7. Yeah. Thinking about it

For about three seconds, then decided, no

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 06:27 AM

8. We need more than a handful of token Republicans

They just can't be allowed to escape their responsibility.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 07:45 AM

9. He's doomed....

IQ45 that is. Mulvaney's brush with truth and the Kurdish debacle are the silver bullets. It's only a matter of time before the orange shit gibbon hits the floor.


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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 08:50 PM

13. GOP congressman who was open to impeachment calls it quits



Rep. Francis Rooney (left). | Zach Gibson/AP Photo

By MELANIE ZANONA, MATT DIXON and CHRISTIAN VASQUEZ 10/19/2019 03:35 PM EDT

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), who was the first House Republican to say he was open to consider voting to impeach President Donald Trump, announced his retirement on Saturday.

“I thought the idea was you came and did your public service and left, you accomplish what you want to accomplish and you left," Rooney said on Fox News. "And that’s what I want to be an example to do. And I’m also tired of the intense partisanship that stops us from solving the big questions that America needs solved.”

The two-term congressman confirmed his plans shortly afterward in an interview with POLITICO.

The news came one day after Rooney, a former construction company owner and major GOP donor, told CNN he couldn't dismiss the possibility that the president committed an impeachable offense in his dealings with Ukrainian officials. "I don't think you can rule anything out unless you know all the facts," he said.

Rooney, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also called on outgoing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to comply with a House subpoena and cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.

More:
https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2019/10/19/gop-congressman-who-was-open-to-impeachment-calls-it-quits-1225701

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