“I think everyone knows he’s lying,” Amash told reporters Monday. “That’s typical Kevin.”
Amash shocked his colleagues this week when he said he believed the Mueller report proved President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses. But Amash continued to double down, telling reporters he thought it was “appropriate” to start proceedings.
“Speaker Pelosi’s in charge of that,” he said.
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) May 20, 2019
McCarthy came out swinging against Amash and accused him of bluffing.
“This is exactly what he wants, he wants to have attention,” McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday. “He votes more with Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me.”
The GOP leader went as far as to doubt Amash’s party loyalty.
“It’s a question of whether he’s even in our Republican conference as a whole,” he said. “What he wants is attention in this process. He’s not a criminal attorney, he’s never met Mueller, he’s never met William Barr, and now he’s coming forward with this because this is what he wants.”
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House Minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy criticizes GOP Rep. Justin Amash's "disturbing" comment about impeachment: "He never supported the President and I think he's just looking for attention." pic.twitter.com/Cze3CppP5q
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) May 19, 2019
Amash has certainly gotten attention over the comments, but not always in a positive way.
Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower (R-Mich.) announced that he would challenge Amash in the 2020 Republican primary, touting that he would unseat the libertarian and stand firm as a Trump Republican.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said that every member in attendance Monday voted to condemn the Michigan congressman, but the caucus didn’t take steps to remove him from their group just yet. Amash was reportedly not in attendance at the meeting.