Dec 15, 2019

Freshman House Democrats lobby for Justin Amash as impeachment manager

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30 freshman Democrats are asking House leadership to consider selecting Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), a vocal critic of President Trump who left the Republican Party earlier this year, as an impeachment manager in the likely event of a Senate trial, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The group reportedly believes that picking Amash, one of the most conservative members of the House, could help them reach conservative voters and deflect from accusations that Democrats are carrying out a partisan impeachment. The role would task Amash with arguing the House's case for removing Trump from office.

The big picture: The House is set to hold a full vote on impeachment this week, which is expected to pass largely along party lines.

  • In terms of policy, Amash remains one of the most conservative members of the lower chamber, but no Republicans have joined him in calling for impeachment.
  • At least two House Democrats plan to break ranks and vote against impeachment.

What to watch: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to announce impeachment managers this week. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), who is leading the group of Democrats calling for Amash's appointment, says the Michigan congressman has agreed to consider the position if offered.

Go deeper: Justin Amash says Republicans privately thank him for speaking out on Trump

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Why it matters: It's the latest example of social media being used to exploit and sharpen the very real divisions in American society. It's also the latest example of Twitter more aggressively rooting out false information on its platform.

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Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

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The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.