After Criticisms From His Own Party, Republican Congressman Doubles Down on Trump Impeachment Rhetoric

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

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) turned a lot of heads this weekend when he became the first Republican member of Congress to acknowledge publicly that the president’s behavior might be impeachable — and he’s not backing down.

The Michigan lawmaker is hardly the first to make a criticism of the president, but his decision to go further than any other was highlighted by his Saturday tweet, saying that “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.”

Amash also took a shot at his fellow lawmakers, saying that “few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation.” He noted that Attorney General William Barr misrepresented the Mueller report in “significant but often subtle” ways.

The weekend tweets led to Trump firing back, calling Amash “a total lightweight” and “a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents’ hands.”

But Amash didn’t back down. On Monday, he continued pushing his criticisms. He wrote that people who say the president cannot be impeached “are resting their argument on several falsehoods.”

The Michigan lawmaker went on to outline the ways in which he believes the criticisms against him to be incorrect. Among other things, he pointed out that Trump’s defenders often say that the “high crimes and misdemeanors” language in the Constitution means that the president has to be charged with some crime.

However, that clause is very open to interpretation. As he noted, “high crimes and misdemeanors” is not defined. He went on to say that the context of that clause “implies conduct that violates the public trust.”

Amash is a staunch constitutionalist, and it remains to be seen if he’ll be the only Republican who will suggest publicly that the president ought to be removed from the Oval Office. Of course, that stance is pretty much par for the course for Democrats. Almost all of the 2020 hopefuls have come out in favor of impeachment.

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  1. Good for him. The only Republican to say it like it is!

  2. Surely this guy – Amash – is some relation of John McCain’s; another RINO and closet Socialist.

    1. I have not come across a founding member of the Freedom Caucus that was a closet Socialist. How do you square that?
      James, can you honestly say you read the Mueller report? History will judge us and Congress on that report. At least read it and know what future generations will be judging on. If you wish to ignore the findings so be it. BUT future generations will perceive YOU think it is okay if future POTUS, of either party, behave in the same manner. Recall the R’s who say, “but Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton” All future generations only have to say, BUT TRUMP.
      Justin Amash may get the name calling tweets from those who refuse to read the Mueller Report. But he will be considered the hero to future generations.

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