Donald Trump blasts Republican Justin Amash over Mueller report impeachment remarks

Amash said

Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican in Congress to say after reading the Mueller report that President Donald Trump has engaged in "impeachable conduct," fired back at critics who countered that there were no underlying crimes for Trump to obstruct.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., returns to his office from a constituent meeting.

"In comparing Barr's principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller's report, it is clear that Barr meant to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's analysis and findings", Amash said.

During one February hearing alone, Amash asked several questions of former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen, including, "What is the truth President Trump is most afraid of people knowing?"And despite McCarthy's claim about Amash's voting record, the Michigan Republican has a 68 percent conservative rating, according to 2015 rankings by the Almanac of American Politics".

Jim Lower made his intentions known Monday morning, announcing that instead of seeking a third term in the state legislature, he will run against Amash for their party's nomination for the 2020 election.

"In fact, there were many crimes revealed by the investigation, some of which were charged, and some of which were not", Amash wrote on Twitter.

Trump insisted Mueller's report had found "no collusion" and "no obstruction".

And when there's not an underlying crime, I think it's hard to put together an effective case to prosecute for those crimes, ' he said.

A long-standing Justice Department policy says that sitting USA presidents cannot be charged with criminal offenses, but can be charged after they leave office. "Under our Constitution, the president "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.' While 'high Crimes and Misdemeanors" is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust".

Lower, who described himself as "pro-Trump", said he was already planning to challenge Amash, and was originally going to declare his candidacy on July 4.

Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat lawmaker for MI asked Mr Amash to "cosponsor" an impeachment investigation resolution.

He also signaled that impeachment could be moving closer - not because of Amash - but owing to the administration's "maximum obstruction" of Democratic investigations.

Amash was first elected in 2010 and overcame a 2014 primary challenge. He beat that opponent by almost 15 points in 2014.

A key Democrat said Sunday that Republican Rep. Justin Amash's sharp criticism of what he called President Donald Trump's "impeachable conduct" in the Russian Federation investigation isn't enough to count as bipartisan support to launch impeachment proceedings.

"I wouldn't say one person breaking ranks is the bipartisan support we'd like", the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's "New Day."



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