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 TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff 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 Tapper rips Cuomo 'crowing' about COVID-19 handling: 'No other state has lost as many lives' Carson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Officials couldn't reach Trump on golf course to delete retweet of video showing man chanting 'white power': report 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 BidenBiden campaign slams Trump's Rose Garden event as 'sad affair' New shutdowns add to Trump woes CNN cuts away from Trump's 'campaign-type' Rose Garden speech 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.