May 18, 2019

GOP Rep. Justin Amash says Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct"

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) came out against President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr's presentation of the Mueller report, saying Trump "has engaged in impeachable conduct," on Saturday afternoon.

The big picture: Amash is the first Republican congressman to speak out in favor of impeaching Trump.

Our thought bubble per Axios' David Nather: Amash has departed from the party line many times, and he’s unlikely to bring a lot of House Republicans with him. But don’t underestimate the significance of this coming from a Republican with a history of independence. Amash was the only Republican to sign onto a Democratic bill that would've stopped Trump from declaring a national emergency to pay for the border wall, reports the Washington Post.

What he is saying:

  • Amash also tweeted that Barr's "misrepresentations are significant but often subtle," and that special counsel Robert Mueller's report shows that Trump "engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meets the threshold for impeachment."
  • He also took aim at congressional members who didn't bother to read the report because "their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation."
  • Amash also blamed Republican partisanship from preventing the system of checks and balances to take effect.

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U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The D.C. National Guard is being called to assist police with protests, per AP, as protests continue past the city's 11 p.m. curfew.

What's happening: Police fired tear gas into a crowd of over 1,000 people in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square across from the White House one hour before Sunday's 11 p.m. curfew, AP reports. Earlier in the night, protestors held a stand off in Lafayette Square, after previously breaking through a White House police barricade. A fire in the basement of the city's historic St. Johns Church was extinguished.

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Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo outside the CNN Center during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Atlanta, Georgia, May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protesters.

Driving the news: The violence got so bad over the weekend that on Sunday the Cleveland police said the media was not allowed downtown unless "they are inside their place of business" — drawing ire from news outlets around the country, who argued that such access is a critical part of adequately covering protests.

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Tanker truck plows into Minneapolis protesters

The tanker after plowing into protesters on the shut-down bridge in Minneapolis on Sunday evening. Authorities said it appeared protesters escaped injury. Photo: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Minnesota authorities said in a statement they're investigating as a criminal matter what happened with a truck that "drove into demonstrators" on a Minneapolis bridge Sunday evening while the eight-lane road was closed for a protest.

What they're saying: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn't appear any protesters were hit by the truck."