Rep. Justin Amash Becomes the 1st Republican Congressman to Call for Trump’s Impeachment

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) called for Donald Trump’s impeachment after reading the full unredacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller regarding Russia’s involvement with the 2016 U.S. elections. Amash is the first Republican congressman to support impeachment.

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In a series of tweets sent Saturday afternoon, Amash, who is no stranger to calling out Trump’s foolishness, wrote, among other things: “Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release ... America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome. Our Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.”

Amash believes that had more of his colleagues actually read the Mueller report, they would have come to similar conclusions. Attorney General William Barr, according to Amash, “deliberately misrepresented” the report, and “Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct,” among other things.

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Amash’s general sensibility shows his willingness to move beyond words and into much-needed action. “I’m not here to represent a particular political party; I’m here to represent all of my constituents and to follow the Constitution,” Amash told the Huffington Post back in 2016.

Outpourings of praise for Amash’s tweets flooded social media, including from fellow Michigan Congresswoman and all-around badass Rashida Tlaib who commended the Congressman for “putting country first.” The GOP lawmaker also criticized the partisanship in Congress, saying that it has “eroded our system of checks and balances.”

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President Donald Trump responded to Amash on Sunday with childish tweets belittling Amash as a “lightweight” and “a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents’ hands.” In his tweets, Trump continued his habit of lying when he falsely claimed the Mueller report exonerated him of obstruction of justice.

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In fact, Mueller’s report gave multiple instances of potential obstruction.

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DISCUSSION

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Curious. We’ll see how long it lasts as far as public criticism from him (it may continue), whether this spurs other Republicans to follow suit (I don’t think it will become a movement), and whether he faces a primary challenger by 2020 (this will probably happen).  He’s not really a centrist, but on occasion will take certain positions different from most of his party colleagues.

As a sidebar, according to Wikipedia, “Born in Grand Rapids, and raised in Kentwood, Michigan, Amash is the son of a Palestinian Christian father and a Syrian Christian mother.[2]In 2011 Amash was one of six members of Congress who voted against House Resolution 268 reaffirming U.S. commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict through direct Israeli–Palestinian negotiation, which passed with 407 members in support.[3][47] In 2014 he was one of eight members of Congress who voted against a $225 million package to restock Israel’s Iron Dome missile defenses, which passed with 398 members in support.[48] He supports a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.[3]

Also, before folks start inviting him to picnics, Amash also opposed federal aid for the Flint Water crisis, stating, “the U.S. Constitution does not authorize the federal government to intervene in an intrastate matter like this one.” Instead Amash contended that “the State of Michigan should provide comprehensive assistance to the people of Flint”