GOP congressman undecided on impeachment won't seek new term

Kurt Volker President Donald Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday Oct. 16 2019

The two-term congressman from a reliably conservative district announced on Fox News on Saturday that he has decided not to run for reelection.

President Donald Trump gave an atta-boy to Republican Rep. Francis Rooney past year on the congressman's home turf in swing state Florida.

"I've done what I came to do", Rooney told Vittert, adding that he got offshore drilling banned and money for the Everglades. "I want to be the model for term limits".

Asked if he was anxious about Trump's wrath, Rooney said he wasn't.

Asked whether he thinks Trump's conduct is impeachable, Rooney replied, "I'm still thinking about it".

The second-term Republican said out loud Friday what others in his party are not saying, namely that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged a quid pro quo was at work when Trump held up US aid to Ukraine in exchange for Kyiv's investigation of Democrats and the 2016 elections. But later in the day, retracted that he ever said that in a written statement.

Taylor at one point sent a text reading: "As I said on the phone, I think it's insane to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign". "But I'm very mindful of the fact that back during Watergate everybody said it's a witch hunt to get Nixon".

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Rooney told reporters that Mulvaney's admission tying aid to Ukraine with a requested probe related to the 2016 election was alarming and could not be retracted. "Depending on how things go ..." "It's just like what we raise our kids and tell our employees: You have to do the right thing at all times".

A whistleblower complaint surfaced last month, which is behind the impeachment inquiry. Since the release of a rough transcript of Trump's call with Ukraine's president, many current and former administration officials have testified before House impeachment investigators.

Anything short of a "no" on that question, even from only one of 197 Republicans in the House, is notable amid the drive by majority Democrats to impeach Trump.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden in Ukraine. The text prompted the USA ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, to reply: "Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions". In 1984, the family started Rooney Holdings Inc.

Republican retirement announcements have stacked up since the Democrats took the House in the 2018 midterms. Rep. John Shimkus, who announced in August he would not see re-election after more than two decades representing southeast IL as a Republican, was also recently critical of Trump for a separate reason.

The Wednesday meeting was held to discuss the situation in northern Syria, where Turkey launched an offensive last week against Kurdish-led forces after the United States suddenly withdrew its troops.

He said his name could be included in an already-extensive list of GOP retirements.

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