Jul 7, 2019

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

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In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) said his former Republican colleagues have thanked him behind closed doors for speaking out against President Trump.

What they're saying: Amash, who had been the only congressional Republican to call for an impeachment inquiry against Trump, says Republicans have told him "thank you for what you're doing."

"They're not saying it publicly. And I think that's a problem for our country, it's a problem for the Republican Party, it's a problem for the Democratic Party when people aren't allowed to speak out."
— Amash

Catch up quick: Amash left the GOP Thursday and declared himself an Independent, writing in a Washington Post op-ed that he was "rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us." Amash had been facing a primary challenge in his Michigan district, leaving independence as a viable avenue for him to maintain his seat in office.

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Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.

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St. John's clergy: Trump used church as prop, Bible as symbol of division

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Clergy of the historic St. John's Episcopal Church expressed furor and confusion over President Trump's visit on Monday, which he claimed was to honor the establishment after George Floyd protestors sparked a small fire on the property Sunday night.

The big picture: Park rangers and military police deployed tear gas and physical force to disperse peaceful protestors from Lafayette Park, which surrounds the White House, so Trump could walk to "pay respects" to the church — and a St. John's rector on the scene revealed in a Facebook post that she was left "coughing" from the tear gas.