Members of the House Freedom Caucus condemned one of its founding members Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) during a meeting on Monday night.
The group officially condemned Amash’s comments against President Donald Trump over the weekend, during which he became the first Republican to accuse the president of having committed impeachable offenses based on his review of the Mueller report.
As IJR Red reported, the congressman doubled down on his comments on Monday, even after receiving criticism from his GOP colleagues At the time, Amash further claimed in a Twitter thread that Trump did obstruct justice and described what he believed were impeachable actions.
People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods:
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 20, 2019
According to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), many members disagree with Amash’s opinion and decided it was time to take an official vote on the issue.
“We had a good discussion and every single member, I think now based on who was there and our board meeting was probably over 30 members, every single member disagrees and strongly with the position Justin took over the week, and we’re focused on the now,” Jordan said to reporters.
He claimed that the Freedom Caucus is focusing on instances where the intelligence community made mistakes during the investigation.
“I mean, look, we’re focused on the fact that what the FBI did was wrong. We think that [Attorney General William] Barr’s handled himself exactly the way the American people want the Attorney General to handle themselves, and he’s going to get to bottom of all this.”
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) also supported the decision, claiming that while Amash is allowed to have his own opinion, he should recognize that he is in the minority of the group.
“Everybody’s entitled their opinion, it’s just in this case, Justin is one solo voice and the rest of this group here says ‘you’re wrong,’” Gosar said.
Jordan also questioned why Amash seems to be switching sides in the debate due to his past concerns over potential FISA abuse.
“What concerns me is Justin was viewed as a leader, right, on protecting privacy rights first to First Amendment rights. So to look at that and see him take the position he is, I mean, it’s shocking. And then I had no conversations with him about it. And I think that was another thing he just didn’t really talk to the group about it.”
While the group condemned his actions, they are not considering taking away his membership.