‘Final straw’: GOP ex-Ohio Gov. Kasich supports impeachment

‘Final straw’: GOP ex-Ohio Gov. Kasich supports impeachment , Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ran against President Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary,

Said Friday that he supports impeaching the president — but isn’t ready to call for his removal from office. Kasich said he decided to back impeachment after hearing acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledge Thursday .

“This is an extremely serious matter,” Kasich told The Associated Press in an interview. “I wrestled with it for a very long time.” It marked a reversal for Kasich, who previously said he hadn’t seen evidence of a quid pro quo on Trump’s part.

“I can understand why executives would withhold military aid if it was in the sense of public policy, but you don’t withhold military aid to anybody … for political reasons,” Kasich said.

He first announced his change of heart on CNN on Friday afternoon, calling Mulvaney’s acknowledgement the “final straw” and saying, “The last 24 hours has really forced me to review all of this.”

In an interview later with the AP, he declined to call for Trump’s ouster, saying only, “Slow down, one thing at a time.” Kasich said he wanted to see the articles of impeachment and the process by which the Democrats conduct their investigation.

Acknowledging that he’s the rare Republican to have broken with Trump, Kasich said it was “difficult to believe (Republicans) think they can look the other way on these things.” But he also declined to criticize his party, saying, “I’m not interested in berating them. I don’t think it helps.”

Kasich is touring the nation promoting his new book “It’s Up to Us,” which he says outlines ways in which individuals have “the power to bring about change.”

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