During an interview on Sunday, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) shared his response to Rep. Justin Amash’s (R-Mich) comments supporting President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Romney was asked during an interview on “State of The Union” what he thought about Amash’s statement in light of his criticism against Trump concerning the Mueller report. However, Romney revealed that while he stood by his criticism, he did not think that impeachment was the right way to go.
“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have. I respect him, I think it’s a courageous statement,” Romney said to host Jake Tapper.
As IJR previously reported, Amash’s comments make him the first Republican lawmaker to claim that the president’s actions are impeachable. Romney responded to this saying that he did not personally see the standard for impeachment being met.
“An impeachment call is not only something that relates to the law but considers practicality and politics. And the American people just aren’t there,” Romney said. “The Senate is certainly not there, either.”
"An impeachment call is something that not just relates to the law but considers practicality and politics. And the American people just aren't there," says Sen. @MittRomney following the Mueller report.
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 19, 2019
Romney did not deny that he thought there was evidence of impeachable actions, but he clarified by saying that the evidence did not have all of the elements needed to make the case successful.
“I just don’t think that there is the full element that you need to prove an obstruction of justice case,” Romney said. “I don’t think impeachment is the right way to go.”
According to Amash, the Mueller report revealed the president had a “pattern of behavior” that could meet the standard for impeachment.
Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019
Yet Romney claimed that a prosecutor would have difficulty securing a conviction solely based off of the Mueller report.
“I don’t think a prosecutor would actually look at this and say, OK, we have here all the elements that would get this to a conviction,” Romney said.
Amash and Romney seem to be some of the most outspoken Republican critics of the president, but it is uncertain if any more lawmakers will follow. President Trump. however, weighed in on Amash’s statement, slamming him as a “loser,” as IJR News reported.