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 TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe 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 AmashGroup of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump MORE (Mich.), who quit the Republican Party on July 4. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate Tech legal shield included in USMCA despite late Pelosi push GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' 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 BidenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Top Zelensky aide refutes Sondland testimony The great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence MORE, a leading 2020 candidate, and his son Hunter.