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 John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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 TapperRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' Saagar Enjeti: Harris campaign 'is failing because she doesn't stand for anything' 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 BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry 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.