Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash is the only Republican in Congress who has come out in support of impeaching President Donald Trump.
Amash has been under enormous pressure ever since he declared a few weeks ago that Trump obstructed justice, and now he is resigning from a key post.
On Monday night, Amash quit the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a libertarian group that has major pull in Congress.
Here’s more from Politico:
The Michigan lawmaker told a CNN reporter that he has “the highest regard for them, and they’re my close friends,” but he “didn’t want to be a further distraction for the group.” Amash’s decision to step down was confirmed to POLITICO by his office.
Amash, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, has long been a lone wolf in Congress, routinely bucking GOP leadership and defying Trump on a number of issues throughout the past two years.
But Amash’s support for impeachment roiled members of the Freedom Caucus, who found Amash’s criticism dead wrong. The group decided to uniformly oppose his impeachment stance last month, though they stopped short of kicking him out of the caucus — despite some lawmakers complaining that Amash was still a member.
Amash, a 39-year-old libertarian who rode the 2010 tea party wave to Congress, had stopped showing up to HFC meetings this year and even threatened to quit the group at one point last year after they didn’t stand up to Trump for attacking one of their own members, South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, who was facing a pro-Trump primary challenge.
Now, Amash finds himself in a similar position, facing two primary challenges back home and being ripped by Trump on Twitter.
A few weeks ago, Amash made the stunning move to announce his support for the impeachment of Trump in a series of tweets.
“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,” Amash wrote.
“I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis,” he continued.
When it came time for the reasoning for why the president should be impeached, Amash said it is because of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
“Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust,” he said.
Maybe Amash will start appearing on CNN so he can join liberals in bashing Trump.