Amash: Trump has ‘engaged in impeachable conduct’

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Justin Amash (left) and Donald Trump (right)

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.) on Saturday became the first GOP member of Congress to say that President Donald Trump has crossed the line into impeachable offenses. And he did so in the most Amash way possible — in a tweetstorm.

This comes after Amash has bucked his party and repeatedly criticized Trump for abusing executive power, but he declined to talk much to the media about the redacted report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into 2016 Russian election interference.

Justin Amash | photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr

In a May 2 interview with the Advance in Washington, the libertarian-leaning congressman said, “It takes a long time” to read the report.

“I’ll let you know when I’m done,” Amash said.

Now he’s let the entire world know that he has finished it, even though he believes few others have.

“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,” Amash writes.

The Republican believes U.S. Attorney General William Barr has “deliberately misrepresented” Mueller’s report. He writes that the Mueller 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.”

U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

“…While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, 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 cannot deter misconduct,” he continues.

Amash concludes with: “America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome. Our Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.”

Here are Amash’s tweets:

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Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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