During a rare White House press briefing, Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday, “Did (Trump) also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely… That’s it. That’s why we held up the money,” acknowledging the White House had frozen military aid as leverage over Ukraine.
“Withholding military aid, vital military aid to a nation like Ukraine, which has Russian troops inside its territory, that’s threatened all the time, withholding it so that a political operation can take place – ‘investigate this thing around the server, and we’re going to withhold the aid until you do that’ – to me, it’s totally inappropriate. It’s an abuse of power.” Kasich said during an interview on CNN.
"Does this rise to the level of impeachment? I now believe it does… I say it with great sadness."
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“My view is that, look, I’ve fought with people on the air over, ‘Is there a quid quo pro’ and ‘Does this rise to the level of impeachment?’ I now believe that it does and I say it with, I say it with great sadness. This is not something I really wanted to do,” he continued.
Kasich said he would want to see and consider the House’s articles of impeachment, and expressed disagreement with how House Democrats have conducted their investigation thus far.
“But if you’re asking if I was sitting in the House of Representatives today and you were to ask me, how do I feel, do I think impeachment should move forward and go for a full examination and trial of the United States Senate? My vote would be yes. I don’t say it lightly,” Kasich said.
“This is extremely difficult for me, but it’s what I feel I have to do,” Kasich said during his CNN interview. “It’s what my conscience tells me.”