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.

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Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) said in a speech during the impeachment debate Wednesday that President Trump's alleged abuse of power to solicit foreign interference in a U.S. election is "precisely the type of conduct the framers of the Constitution intended to remedy through the power of impeachment."

Why it matters: Amash is one of the most conservative members of the House. He left the Republican Party earlier this year over his opposition to the GOP's refusal to support an impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

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Trump impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

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Donald Trump is now the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

The big picture: The legislative ending seems clear — he's headed for acquittal in the Senate as early as next month and won't be removed from office. But this seals his place in history.

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The highest drama comes home

Trump departs the White House for a “Merry Christmas” campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Here's a split screen for the ages: While House Democrats are impeaching President Trump, he'll be firing up supporters at an election rally in Michigan.

Why it matters: This is the perfect encapsulation of the impeachment process.

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