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Kasich to Congress: 'Look in the mirror at how you want to be remembered'

Kasich to Congress: 'Look in the mirror at how you want to be remembered'

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich said his advice for fellow Republicans in Congress during the impeachment process was to "look in the mirror at how you want to be remembered."

Kasich, who was defeated by President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE in the 2016 primary and has often criticized the president, said Republicans shouldn't be afraid of telling Trump their true feelings.

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"Look in the mirror and figure out how you want to be remembered later and how you feel about yourself today," Kasich told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime Cheney slams Trump on 'big lie' over election Biden adviser on schools reopening in the fall: 'We can't look in a crystal ball' MORE during an appearance on "State of the Union." 

"There's nothing wrong with telling the truth and sharing your real feelings," he said.

Kasich said he believes Trump was "dead wrong" to press Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE and his son, regardless of whether the president was withholding aid to that country to convince Ukraine leaders to begin the probe. 

He did say that if a quid pro quo between the investigation and the aid is proven, GOP lawmakers may be less willing to defend the president. 

Kasich said Democrats should hold a vote on launching an impeachment inquiry, a move the party's House leadership has said is not necessary. 

"I don't understand why they won't do that," Kasich said.