The only independent member of the U.S. House of Representatives said he’s available to serve as speaker to help kickstart impeachment hearings.
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Cascade Township, who left the GOP in July after calling for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, jumped into the fray on Twitter on Friday amidst Democratic divisions on the issue.
Amash tweeted that impeachment is the best way to hold presidents accountable, adding, “I’m available to serve as speaker if I can be of help.”
Congress doesn’t need this legislation to hold a president accountable, and it’s not even good policy to allow a sitting president to be indicted. Moreover, the Constitution already provides a remedy: It’s called impeachment. I’m available to serve as speaker if I can be of help. https://t.co/OIAT6XQUeh
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) September 21, 2019
While 137 Democrats have called for hearings, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has still been reticent amid polling that doesn’t show overall public support. No Republicans back an inquiry. With recent news that Trump has repeatedly asked the Ukraine government to investigate Democratic presidential frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, many progressives are calling on House leadership to stop stalling on impeachment.
Amash is one of five members of Michigan’s 14-member U.S. House delegation to back hearings. U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) has called for Trump’s impeachment since being sworn in this year. U.S. Reps. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Dan Kildee (D-Flint) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) also are on board.