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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The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.