Amash Opts to Leave Freedom Caucus After Announcing Support for Trump Impeachment

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Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced he would no longer be a member of the House Freedom Caucus following his controversial support for impeaching President Donald Trump.

As IJR previously reported, Amash announced his support for the impeachment of President Trump, citing the findings of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The congressman released several lengthy Twitter threads explaining his position, noting that he believes Mueller’s description of Trump’s behavior warranted obstruction of justice charges and the eventual impeachment of President Trump, making him the only Republican to publically announce that position.

This move prompted several Republicans to condemn Amash, including several members of the House Freedom Caucus — a caucus of which he was a founding member. As IJR previously reported, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) claimed that no other members of the caucus felt the same way as Amash, telling reporters:

“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.”

This fracture between the Freedom Caucus and Amash likely led to his decision to leave the caucus. Amash told CNN’s Haley Byrd, “I have the highest regard for them, and they’re my close friends. I didn’t want to be a further distraction for the group.”

As Jordan noted at the time, the Freedom Caucus has been focused on investigating the origins of the probe into President Trump’s campaign, especially the process used by the FBI to get the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. If that is the caucus’ main goal, it makes sense as to why Amash would see himself as a “distraction for the group.”

Several people took to Twitter to react to Amash’s exit from the caucus. His exit was met with mixed reactions, with some criticizing the Freedom Caucus and others supporting Amash’s exit:

As IJR previously reported, Amash has been facing some heat in his home district, as well. He currently faces primary challengers, as well as many angry constituents.

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