‘Final straw’: Republican John Kasich says he supports impeachment
John Kasich. JOHN MINCHILLO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Former Ohio governor John Kasich, who ran against President 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 that Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Ukraine investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 US presidential campaign. Mulvaney later claimed his remarks were misconstrued.
‘‘This is an extremely serious matter,’’ Kasich said in an interview. ‘‘I wrestled with it for a very long time.’’