Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump blasts Republican lawmaker Amash over impeachment remarks

Trump blasts Republican lawmaker Amash over impeachment remarks

Amash's criticism made calls in the US Congress for Trump's impeachment bipartisan, though just barely, with most Republicans still standing by the president at a time of economic growth, turbulent markets and global trade tensions.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departs St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington in March.

Amash on Saturday became the first in his party to publicly call for Trump's impeachment, based on the findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report, which found Trump did not collude with Russian Federation but could not clear him of obstructing the subsequent investigation.

A frequent Trump critic, Amash is a part of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative faction. "And I think that was another thing he just didn't really talk to the group about it".

Amash voted "present" on Democratic measures to oppose Trump's ban on transgender people entering the military and end the US support of Saudi Arabia in its military campaign in Yemen.

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) said in a statement that Trump's "most recent actions and continued disrespect for the Constitution are forcing us down the road to impeachment".

"The dam is breaking, and the voices of people demanding impeachment are becoming impossible to ignore", Heidi Hess, co-director of CREDO Action, said in a statement.

"While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances", he tweeted, saying that unlike many of his colleague he had read the 448-page report in full, "the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it can not deter misconduct".

"At a certain point, I get anxious that some of this is more meant to keep the rage going in part of the Democratic base than it has to do with public policy", he said of the calls for further investigations.

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"House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler discussed with Pelosi the advantages of an impeachment inquiry in terms of adding weight to a court case, according to a source with direct knowledge". Both were acquitted by the Senate. It examined whether the Trump presidential campaign participated in Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections, and whether Trump obstructed justice in efforts to investigate it.

Standing behind his earlier remarks, Amash issued a string of tweets that challenged some of the most common arguments of those who defend Trump over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Amash said that he came to his conclusions after reading the Mueller report.

"I don't expect other congressional Republicans to follow Amash".

In addition, in a case of swift political retribution, Amash drew an election challenge from within his own party on Monday when Jim Lower, a MI state legislator who described himself as "pro-Trump", said he would challenge Amash in the 2020 Republican primary, the Detroit Free Press reported. Amash isn't taking back his call for President Trump's impeachment.

"Mr. Amash always has a different voting record than most of us, anyway", McCarthy told reporters Tuesday.

But in 2018, when Republicans still controlled the chamber, CQ Roll Call found he was the second most likely to oppose the Republican position on votes, after North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, who died in February. "We may follow with inherent contempt, and we may have to follow with impeachment".

"Their pressure doesn't have influence on me", Amash said in a brief interview with The Associated Press.

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