Did Impeachment Just Get its First Republican Congressional Endorsement? 'Let's...See Where it Goes'

 

 

Democrats hold a 235-198 majority in the House. Therefore, impeachment is certainly within their means. But what about adding-on some Republican comrades?

Enter a congressman from Nevada.

On a conference call with reporters, Rep. Mark Amodei had this to say:

“I’m a big fan of oversight, so let’s let the committees get to work and see where it goes.”

It sounded as if he believes Trump may be guilty:

“Using government agencies to, if it’s proven, to put your finger on the scale of an election, I don’t think that’s right. If it turns out that it’s something along those lines, then there’s a problem.”

Or perhaps it was more of a philosophical “if.”

It very well may have been.

And here’s a big something else: After the call, Mark issued a statement:

“In no way, shape, or form did I indicate support for impeachment.”

From The Independent:

“If it was my statement and I had the ability to do it over, I would probably phrase it differently,” he said. “I don’t know that it’s a smoking gun.”

“I think that’s why we have the committee process. I won’t attribute what was in the president’s mind. That wasn’t a great way to express concern about it. Part of what the committees will do is try to find some context for that and then based on what a fair reading of the context is, they’ll go forward from there.”

Unlike surely many Republicans, the representative for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District doesn’t believe the whole impeachment hubbub is a political maneuver by Trump’s adversaries:

The Nevada Republican dismissed the notion, raised by Trump, that the issue was raised by political enemies in the government looking for any reason to depose him. He noted that Trump has a reputation for coming out hard when he feels like he’s being attacked, but said the issue is one of law. “I don’t care if it was a partisan spy or not,” Amodei said. “The only thing I get a vote on is, if it comes to the House floor… do I think that there is evidence there that is credible, that says he broke a specific law?”

The Independent observed that Mark “expects” to be the chairman of the Trump campaign in Nevada.

Doesn’t sound like Trump’s kinda guy.

Here’s the entirety of a news release from Mark’s website, in which he seems to perhaps mix up impeachment — a fact-finding process of sorts — with conviction.

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02) today released the following statement in support of congressional oversight into House Democrats’ inquiry into impeachment:

“I held a 40 minute telephone press conference today with Nevada media outlets to respond to their questions about the impeachment inquiry made by Speaker Pelosi earlier this week,” said Congressman Amodei.

“Following that call, Nevada Independent reporter Humberto Sanchez released an article. The first paragraph of Mr. Sanchez’s article reads: ‘Rep. Mark Amodei supports the House’s inquiry into whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, but is withholding judgment on whether Trump has crossed the legal line.’”

“This is absolutely an accurate statement in the sense that the House and Senate have both unanimously supported the resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the whistleblower complaint received on August 12, 2019, by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, should be transmitted immediately to the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives. It is also accurate that the White House supports this same resolution. In no way, shape, or form, did I indicate support for impeachment. Rather, I stressed my complete agreement with Senator Cortez-Masto’s (D-NV) statement reported to KTVN Channel 2 from yesterday which is as follows:

‘I think from all of that information, we have to follow the facts and figure out what happened here,’ Cortez-Masto said.

“Anyone who reads Mr. Sanchez’s article and thinks that somehow there is a vote to convict before the process has played out – as called for by the resolution unanimously supported by everyone concerned – is simply, individual fantasy.

“I now have a full appreciation of how the President feels. Have a nice weekend.”

What are your thoughts? Let us all know.

-ALEX

 

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