Amash became the lone wolf within his party to put his foot down that the president engaged in impeachable conduct following special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — which he has since doubled down on — while also going after Attorney General William Barr in a tweetstorm for allegedly “deliberately” misrepresenting special counsel’s report.
Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019
When confronted by reporters outside the White House on Wednesday about Amash’s calls for Trump to be impeached, Sanders said she doesn’t “think Congressman Amash is worth the time of the White House.”
The press secretary also made it clear that it was up to the president to “make that determination” on whether he will support Amash’s primary opponent.
The Republican lawmaker recently said that running against Trump as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 2020 is not “off the table.”
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— CSPAN (@cspan) May 29, 2019
Amash has since drawn criticism from his Republican colleagues, as well as the president, over his impeachment remarks.
Trump previously slammed Amash on May 19, accusing the congressman of being “a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy.”
“He made his decision. He’s going to have to live with it,” Graham added. “But I don’t think it’s going to be a trendsetting move by any means.”
However, Amash claimed during Tuesday’s town hall in Michigan that “a lot” of his Republican colleagues “think I’m right about the Mueller report, but they just won’t say it,” as IJR Blue reported.
As for Mueller’s probe, the special counsel appeared before reporters on Wednesday and explained that charging Trump was “not an option we could consider.” He also announced that he is “formally closing the special counsel’s office” and is “resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life.”
Amash was once again the lone Republican in response to Mueller’s public speech, proclaiming to Congress that “the ball is in our court.” Meanwhile, several other GOP members of Congress deemed it as case closed.