Republican Justin Amash calls for Trump impeachment


Representative Justin Amash, an iconoclastic Republican of MI who has considered a run against President Trump in 2020, became the first member of his party serving in Congress to publicly suggest that the president's conduct had reached the "threshold of impeachment".

Mr Trump took to Twitter to launch the attack a day after the MI conservative said the Mueller report showed the Republican President "engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behaviour that meet the threshold for impeachment".

In a series of tweets on Saturday, the MI congressman said attempts to obstruct justice as outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election amounted to "impeachable conduct".

"Hell, I voted for Amash in '10, '12 and '14".

"Never a fan of @justinamash, 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", Trump tweeted. "In fact, Mueller's report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence".

Mitt Romney has defended the president after a Republican became the first of his party to call for Trump's impeachment. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, questioned if he was truly a Republican. He's been in Congress quite some time.

"I think it's a courageous statement".

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On Sunday, Jayapal called Amash's statement a "watershed moment."Jayapal, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said the push now would be to just begin formal proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee".

On Sunday, Romney said he did not think there was sufficient evidence or political will to impeach President Trump.

Indeed, Amash's libertarian bent has caused many members of the Libertarian Party to urge him to seek their party's presidential nomination - something that Amash has not ruled out.

I just don't think that there is the full element that you need to prove an obstruction of justice case. Some Democrats wants the House to open impeachment hearings, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has resisted, saying impeachment must be bipartisan.

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, called on her fellow Michigander to sign on to her effort to trigger an impeachment investigation.

"I helped with his campaign", Lower told the Daily News, a MI newspaper. First of all, are you surprised that you two are the only ones that have really said anything condemning of the president's behavior as laid out?

More members of Congress are recognizing that the administration is "acting in a lawless fashion", and if the only way to properly do oversight is to start impeachment proceedings, "maybe we have to go down that road", Schiff said.