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 AmodeiHoyer calls for 'clear and prudent firearms guidelines' from Capitol Police Board Lawmakers coming under increased threats — sometimes from one another Nevada lawmakers approve maps giving edge to Democrats MORE (R-Nev.) is clarifying his statement on his support for an inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll 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 AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (Mich.), who quit the Republican Party on July 4. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Man who threatened to kill Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi pleads guilty to federal charges The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems look to repackage BBB into salvageable bill 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 BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE, a leading 2020 candidate, and his son Hunter.