2019-05-21 15:19:261 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Justin Amash (Image source: Public domain)
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) is not backing down with his belief that Donald Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct." He stated that late last week, and attacks from the president and a primary challenge from Michigan are not preventing him from speaking further on the subject. He followed through with a series of tweets on Monday that backed up his feelings.
This is despite it not being a popular choice up to this point for the GOP to go up against Trump. Former Republican senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, of Tennessee and Arizona, respectively retired last year after going up against the president and losing voters. Former Rep. Mark Sanford lost his South Carolina primary after speaking out against Trump.
"[Amash] probably wants to run for some other office," said Trump last Monday. "I don't think he'll do very well. He's been a loser for a long time."
The day before, the president tweeted that he was "never a fan" of the Congressman's, adding that he's "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.
"If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, 'composed' by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump," he continued, "he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION. ... Anyway, how do you obstruct when there is no crime, and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents' hands!"
Additionally, Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower announced he would run for Amash's seat, noting his tweets "show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents."
But Amash forged on. "People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation — and therefore cannot be impeached — are resting their arguments on several falsehoods," he tweeted.
The impeachment possibility has many critics, so it's unknown who Amash was referring to, but Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who ran against former President Barack Obama in 2012, said on Sunday that while Amash made "a courageous statement," he also disagreed with it.
Additionally, he explained it would be "difficult to put together an effective case to prosecute" Trump because it's questionable whether or not there was intent when "there's not an underlying crime."
Amash appeared to be referencing that when he tweeted that "if any underlying crime were required, then prosecutors could charge obstruction of justice only if it were unsuccessful in completely obstructing the investigation. This would make no sense."
If Lower follows through and does challenge Amash in the primaries, it wouldn't be the first time he earned a challenger. Businessman Brian Ellis challenged him in 2014 after picking up donations from Amash's peers: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
Campaign ads sought to destroy him, describing him as "al Qaeda's best friend in Congress." Nevertheless, Amash won the primary with 57 percent of the vote.
With past success on his side, it's likely that Amash won't be backing down anytime soon. And with Trump known for viciously attacking out his opponents on Twitter, he isn't likely to be backing down soon either.
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