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Meet The First House Republican Backing The Dems' Impeachment Inquiry

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Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) on Friday told reporters in Nevada that he supports the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, although he doesn't necessarily support impeaching President Donald Trump, The Nevada Independent reported. 


“Let’s put it through the process and see what happens. I’m a big fan of oversight, so let’s let the committees get to work and see where it goes,” Amodei said on the conference call with reporters. “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.”

After The Nevada Independent published their article, Amodei released a statement reiterating his support for an impeachment inquiry, but not necessarily impeachment itself. He said his position mirrored that of Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV).

"I think from all of that information, we have to follow the facts and figure out what happened here," Cortez-Masto told KTVN-TV.

“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,'” the congressman explained.


“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..." Amodei explained. 

“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," he said.

According to the congressman, he wants to know the facts of what took place between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky. 


“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," Amodei told the Independent. “I don’t care if it was a partisan spy or not. 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?”

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