Trump ‘engaged in impeachable conduct’… GOP Rep. Justin Amash.

Justin Amash is the first GOP member of Congress to say that President Trump engaged in impeachable conduct. Amash, a libertarian from Michigan, caused a commotion over the weekend when he tweeted he believed — after reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — that the report established “multiple examples” of Trump committing obstruction of justice. Will others in the party soon follow? Don’t count on it.

Washington (CNN) – Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public. Amash’s comments recommending Congress pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump were the first instance of a sitting Republican in Congress saying the President’s conduct meets the “threshold for impeachment.”

Many Democrats have called for impeachment proceedings against Trump, but many members of the GOP have agreed with Trump’s assertions about the Mueller report and defended his conduct. For his part, Barr said the report established no conspiracy between Trump and Russia and that he and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not believe its findings sufficient to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.
Amash’s comments on Saturday with regard to impeachment went further than even many members of House Democratic leadership. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last Thursday that “every day gives grounds for impeachment,” while at the same time arguing that she doesn’t want to impeach, though she did not rule out the possibility.
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, also of Michigan, responded to Amash’s Twitter thread later Saturday and invited him to join her impeachment resolution.

Amash said on Saturday that he made his conclusions “only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.

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