GOP lawmaker clarifies he doesn't back impeachment after voicing support for inquiry

GOP lawmaker clarifies he doesn't back impeachment after voicing support for inquiry
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Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiBillboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving Trump's defenders are running out of options Avoiding the snake in the grass: Let's not allow impeachment to divide us MORE (R-Nev.) is clarifying his statement on his support for an inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE, saying that while he supports the oversight process he does not currently back impeachment. 

Amodei expressed concern over Trump’s call with Ukraine, telling  reporters on a call Friday that the House should “put it through the process and see what happens,” according to the audio of the call released by The Nevada Independent. 

He later issued a statement after the story was published saying, “In no way, shape, or form, did I indicate support for impeachment.”

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Amodei stands by his call for an oversight process, which he and his office are trying to defend as different than the House’s impeachment inquiry. 

Amodei spokesman Logan Tucker told The Washington Post the difference between an oversight process and supporting “Pelosi’s inquiry” is that “then you stand with the 223 Democrats who have made clear that if we were to vote right this second today to impeach Trump, they would vote yes before any sort of process has transpired."

"Again, prior to any such process playing out, the congressman does not support impeachment in any way, shape or form," Tucker told the Post. 

But the overwhelming majority of House Democrats have said they support an impeachment inquiry, not the impeachment of Trump ahead of investigating the allegations. 

Just 28 Democrats said they would impeach the president right now, the Post reports. 

Almost all House Democrats have come out in support of the impeachment inquiry, as does independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (Mich.), who quit the Republican Party on July 4. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions MORE (D-Calif.) officially launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump last week over accounts of his call with Ukraine's leader. 

A partial memorandum of the call released by the White House shows Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE, a leading 2020 candidate, and his son Hunter.