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Washington - First Republican Lawmaker Says Trump Engaged In Impeachable Conduct

Published on: May 19, 2019 08:30 AM
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FILE PHOTO: House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) talks to reporters on Capitol Hill after attending a White House meeting on the repeal of Obamacare in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) talks to reporters on Capitol Hill after attending a White House meeting on the repeal of Obamacare in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Washington - U.S. Representative Justin Amash, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, on Saturday became the first Republican lawmaker to say the president has engaged in impeachable behavior.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election reveals that Trump “engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash, who has signaled he would consider running as a libertarian against Trump in the 2020 election, wrote on Twitter.

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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,” Amash wrote.

Trump has said Mueller’s report concluded there no obstruction of justice. Mueller’s report made no formal finding on that question, leaving the matter up to Congress.

Amash also wrote that “it is clear” that Attorney General William Barr intended to mislead the public about Mueller’s report in his conclusions and congressional testimony about it.

In his letter to Congress, Barr said he and his deputy Rod Rosenstein determined there was insufficient evidence to establish that the president committed criminal obstruction of justice, or acted unlawfully to impede the investigation.

Amash’s comments echoed the conclusions of many Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on May 8 that Trump was moving closer to impeachment with his efforts to thwart congressional subpoenas and obstruct lawmakers’ efforts to oversee his administration.

Still, Democrats are divided about impeachment and Pelosi also said impeachment proceedings would be “divisive” for the country.

The White House and the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comments about Amash’s tweets.

Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee wrote on Twitter “it’s sad to see ... Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia.” She said the only people still concerned about the Russia investigation are Trump’s political foes “hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible.”

Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd congressional district, wrote that he had read Mueller’s full redacted report, but that few members of Congress had.

In February Amash became the lone Republican to co-sponsor a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the emergency Trump declared at the U.S.-Mexico border to build a wall there, in a stinging rebuke to the president..

Impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, Amash wrote on Saturday. But the risk during a time 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 cannot deter misconduct.”



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 May 19, 2019 at 09:11 AM Anonymous Says:

hopefully more to come soon.

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 May 19, 2019 at 09:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Amash is the son of a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother.

That explains a lot.

Also on March 10 cnn said "Justin Amash is the loneliest Republican in Congress" so why is this news?

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 May 19, 2019 at 10:35 AM Anonymous Says:

You can't expect anything better from an Arab.

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 May 19, 2019 at 10:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Folks:

Please look up who this guy is. The fact that he is labeled Republican is about as relevant as NYC Mayor Bloomberg. He chose his party label as he saw fit for the moment. Amash did the same. It has zero to do with his beliefs, policies, or values.

Now for the real story. He is the child of a Palestinian father and Syrian mother. He is a Muslim, and the real issue has nothing whatsoever to do with Trump's actions. It is all about the Middle East policy. It is about the move of the embassy, the stoppage of funding Palestinian terror, plus the never ending expressions of support for Israel.

The way to be rid of this terror supporter is to get to his district, and get a candidate that can run against him and knock him out of office. It's all about the hate of a Muslim for anyone that supports Israel.

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 May 19, 2019 at 11:20 AM georgeg Says:

I would argue that everything that the Democrats have done to, for example, Barr, constitutes obstruction of justice. In fact, impeaching the President smacks of obstruction of justice as well, as it is also an attempt to stop any proper investigation of the sick goings-on there.

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 May 19, 2019 at 11:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Total bombshell against Trump. Now he'll heap abuse and threats against this lone GOP Representative who read the Mueller Report.

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 May 19, 2019 at 11:39 AM Anonymous Says:

Guess nobody knew he existed and now he’s getting all the publicity he craved for. Intelligent move. Lol.

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 May 19, 2019 at 12:28 PM Liepa Says:

I wouldn't vote for this treasonous POS if he were running for 'dog catcher' in the borough of Kings !!!

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 May 19, 2019 at 02:37 PM Frumsanity Says:

Wicked attention seeker

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 May 19, 2019 at 04:29 PM hashomer still holding his breath Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

hopefully more to come soon.

Lol, seriously? Even an ignoramous like you should face by now that you keep getting disappointed with each new fake accusation against the president that never produces anything! What a sad sap you are!

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 May 19, 2019 at 05:25 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Amash is the son of a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother.

That explains a lot.

Also on March 10 cnn said "Justin Amash is the loneliest Republican in Congress" so why is this news?

Palestinian Christian

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 May 19, 2019 at 05:33 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Folks:

Please look up who this guy is. The fact that he is labeled Republican is about as relevant as NYC Mayor Bloomberg. He chose his party label as he saw fit for the moment. Amash did the same. It has zero to do with his beliefs, policies, or values.

Now for the real story. He is the child of a Palestinian father and Syrian mother. He is a Muslim, and the real issue has nothing whatsoever to do with Trump's actions. It is all about the Middle East policy. It is about the move of the embassy, the stoppage of funding Palestinian terror, plus the never ending expressions of support for Israel.

The way to be rid of this terror supporter is to get to his district, and get a candidate that can run against him and knock him out of office. It's all about the hate of a Muslim for anyone that supports Israel.

He's a Christian. Christian private school product and Christians sponsored his father's immigration as he was a Christian as well. Anyway he's different than Bloomberg. Bloomberg was a liberal who had some Republican views with respect to business. This guy Amash is a Tea Party/Libertarian right winger and opposes a lot of typical Republican projects because he claims the government doesn't have the authority to carry them out.

His branch puts Tea Party ideology above the Republican Party. Constitutional views about limitations of power are similar to Ron Paul's. He's not disloyal. He's a purist and puts beliefs above party (although I don't subscribe to his beliefs).

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 May 19, 2019 at 07:37 PM hashomer Says:

To judenrat #8, the goyisha alt-troll: I didn't write the #1 post! But I'm in Your head and you're beating your microcephalic brains out trying to think of a 'clever' response to anything you think is me. But don't worry about me. Worry about your simple-minded Orange Yutz who is leading his alt-yidden lemmings down the Shabbatai Zvi fadrekin derech. Enjoy the klop over der cliff.

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 May 19, 2019 at 07:44 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #9  
Phineas Says:

Palestinian Christian

Same garbage. All Palestinians are haters . Doesn't matter if Christian or Muslim. Almost all Arabs are bad .

May the Arabs be smitten with yena machla

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 May 20, 2019 at 10:18 AM Anonymous Says:

So a NeverTrumper is calling for his impeachment who would have thunk.

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 May 20, 2019 at 06:09 PM Pollack Says:

Reply to #11  
Educated Archy Says:

Same garbage. All Palestinians are haters . Doesn't matter if Christian or Muslim. Almost all Arabs are bad .

May the Arabs be smitten with yena machla

You fucking racist. Go to hell.

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 May 20, 2019 at 09:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Phineas Says:

He's a Christian. Christian private school product and Christians sponsored his father's immigration as he was a Christian as well. Anyway he's different than Bloomberg. Bloomberg was a liberal who had some Republican views with respect to business. This guy Amash is a Tea Party/Libertarian right winger and opposes a lot of typical Republican projects because he claims the government doesn't have the authority to carry them out.

His branch puts Tea Party ideology above the Republican Party. Constitutional views about limitations of power are similar to Ron Paul's. He's not disloyal. He's a purist and puts beliefs above party (although I don't subscribe to his beliefs).

Yeah he’s christian just like obama is....not. Both muslim.

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