Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said he would not take running for president as a third-party contender against President Donald Trump “off the table” days after he called for the impeachment of the president, The Hill reported.
On Tuesday, The Hill pressed Amash on whether or not he would mount a primary challenge against Trump as a candidate for the Libertarian Party and leave the Republican Party.
Amash responded by saying it was not something he has “thought about,” as he is “focused on defending the Constitution,” but that the idea was not “off the table” for him:
“I’m just focused on defending the Constitution, it’s not something I’ve thought about. I don’t take things off the table like that, but it’s not something at the forefront of my considerations right now, I’m just focused on my job. I wouldn’t take running for governor off the table or Senate or statehouse, I don’t take things off the table.”
The Libertarian National Committee’s chairman, Nicholas Sarwark, told The Hill that the Libertarian Party was trying heavily to recruit Amash for a run at the White House against Trump.
“There are a lot of Libertarian Party members actively encouraging Rep. Amash to switch parties and seek the Libertarian nomination,” Sarwark said. “This is probably the most organized recruitment effort I’ve seen going back to 2012 when people were trying to recruit [former Texas Rep.] Ron Paul.”
Amash’s comments came days after he proclaimed on Twitter that he believed Trump committed impeachable offenses, drawing ire from other members of the Republican Party.
As IJR Red previously reported, Amash was formally condemned by the House Freedom Caucus on Monday — which he is a founding member of — for his comments, but his membership within the group was not revoked.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), another member of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters that “every single member” of the group disagreed with Amash’s stance on impeachment.