Republican Congressman Justin Amash has broken with the Republican Party line to declare that President Trump has “engaged in impeachable conduct.” He also accuses Attorney General William Barr of attempting “to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings.”
Amash, who represents a Michigan district anchored by Grand Rapids, leans libertarian in his political orientation. He is the first prominent GOP officeholder to suggest that Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice and undermine the rule of law merit his removal from office. Indeed, Amash’s call for impeachment puts him out ahead of Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Amash criticized members of Congress for being overly partisan and not upholding their constitutional duty, saying very few members had actually read Mueller’s full report. He warned that partisanship risked eroding the nation’s system of constitutional checks and balances.
The Republican representative, a libertarian who often goes against the grain of his party, said he came to the conclusion that Trump committed obstruction of justice after carefully reading the special counsel’s full redacted report.
Amash said Mueller’s report found multiple instances of Trump engaging in obstruction of justice and if he wasn’t president, he would face indictment based on such evidence.
Amash stated that impeachment “simply requires a finding that an reputable has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.” He also warned that Congress risked encouraging misconduct byshrinking from the impeachment process.
Amash’s call for impeachment goes further than even many Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for example, has repeatedly said that she does not currently support impeachment because it would only divide the country.