First Republican Lawmaker Says Trump Engaged in Impeachable Conduct

FILE PHOTO: House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) talks to reporters on Capitol Hill after attending a White House meeting on the repeal of Obamacare in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

U.S. Representative Justin Amash, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, on Saturday became the first Republican lawmaker to say the president has engaged in impeachable behavior.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election reveals that Trump “engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash, who has signaled he would consider running as a libertarian against Trump in the 2020 election, wrote on Twitter.

Mueller’s report “identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence,” Amash wrote.

Trump has said Mueller’s report concluded there no obstruction of justice. Mueller’s report made no formal finding on that question, leaving the matter up to Congress.

Amash also wrote that “it is clear” that Attorney General William Barr intended to mislead the public about Mueller’s report in his conclusions and congressional testimony about it.

In his letter to Congress, Barr said he and his deputy Rod Rosenstein determined there was insufficient evidence to establish that the president committed criminal obstruction of justice, or acted unlawfully to impede the investigation.

Amash’s comments echoed the conclusions of many Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on May 8 that Trump was moving closer to impeachment with his efforts to thwart congressional subpoenas and obstruct lawmakers’ efforts to oversee his administration.

Still, Democrats are divided about impeachment and Pelosi also said impeachment proceedings would be “divisive” for the country.

The White House and the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comments about Amash’s tweets.

Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee wrote on Twitter “it’s sad to see … Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia.” She said the only people still concerned about the Russia investigation are Trump’s political foes “hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible.”

Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd congressional district, wrote that he had read Mueller’s full redacted report, but that few members of Congress had.

In February Amash became the lone Republican to co-sponsor a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the emergency Trump declared at the U.S.-Mexico border to build a wall there, in a stinging rebuke to the president.

Impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, Amash wrote on Saturday. But the risk during a time of extreme partisanship “is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct.”

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John Bauer
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put your money where you little boys mouth is!!! PROVE IT OR ARE YOU A DEMOCRAT PLANT?? ANOTHER DEMOCRAT TACTIC TO GET THE LIE OUT KNOWINGLY THAT THE FAKE NEWS WILL SPREAD THIS LIKE STINK ON DOG POOP

Katie Clark
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Katie Clark

He and Brother own Tektron Tools made in China and imported and sold as made in USA. Is he worried about Tariffs.? Disgusting human – unAmerican

Pat Warnock
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Who ever he is, must join the Democrats NOW

Sherri
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So MSM finds a #NeverTrump to be #NeverTrump …… such groundbreaking news. This is why we don’t trust MSM. #FakeNews #TDS garbage is #EnemyOfThePeople – This is just a garbage “article” designed to give red meat to those that are full of hate, which that hate is more important to them then rule of law and this country.

Mary
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Mary

I think he is a damn liberal & go ahead & run for office so we can crush you like a cockroach what is your nationality or what are your religious beliefs? can you answer that?

Paul
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Ok, so what editor recognized the second paragraph to remain in this article? It appears to be a complete run on sentence devoid of any cohesive thought.

Cherl
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Justin Amash? Never heard of him. But he sounds like a pitiful puke looking for his 15 minutes.

Allen Blaine
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So the main stream conspiracy news media hunts down idiots like this for a BS interview. This is a special kind of stupid. The conspiracy news media, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, CBS and even Fox News, reported a total of over 500,000 conspiracies/lies over the last 2+ years. ALL of those lies were targeted at the Hitler left. When Mueller exposed the lies and conspiracies from the conspiracy news media, the left went nuts. Instead of demanding the news media straighten up and tell the truth, the Hitler lefties are STILL allowing the news media to control them. Trump is correct,… Read more »

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