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GOP Rep. Rooney Concerned by Quid Pro Quo, Unsure on Impeachment

President Donald Trump's Republican firewall in the House of Representatives might be cracking, as Florida Congressman Francis Rooney expressed concern earlier today over comments made by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney yesterday indicating a Ukrainian quid pro quo took place.
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Commenting during a CNN interview, "That the actions were related to getting someone in the Ukraine to do these things. As you put on there, Senator Murkowski said it perfectly: We're not to use political power and prestige for political gain," Rooney left little doubt that he thought the situation improper.

However, when pressed by the interviewer on whether or not Trump's pressuring of his Ukrainian counterparts amounted to an impeachable offense, the Florida Republican replied "That's something I can't answer."

Rooney later added that it is something he wants to study further and that the situation is "very, very serious and troubling."

With the exception of Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei, who has faced a lot of pressure over the past two weeks for supporting an impeachment probe of Trump, few if any Republican legislators in Washington have offered opinions differing from White House talking points that paint the probe as a "witch hunt."

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, an elected Republican who became an Independent on July 4th of this year, is supportive of impeachment along with nearly every single Democrat lawmaker in Washington. Although a majority of representatives are in favor, no Republicans have announced support yet. 

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