Friday, May 29, 2020

Justin Amash Resigns from House Freedom Caucus

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) resigned from the conservative House Freedom Caucus yesterday, citing his desire not to become a further distraction after saying the president’s conduct during the Mueller probe was impeachable.

The Daily Caller’s Scott Morefield reports:

“I have the highest regard for [the caucus], and they’re my close friends,” Amash, who is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and the lone Republican of the group to call for impeaching the president, told CNN. “I didn’t want to be a further distraction for the group.”

The libertarian congressman’s decision comes in the wake of a series of tweets last month accusing President Donald Trump of having committed “impeachable offenses.”

“Here are my principal conclusions,” Amash, an outspoken GOP critic of the president, wrote on Twitter last month. “1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report. 2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct. 3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances. 4. Few members of Congress have read the report.”


“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash continued.

The libertarian lawmaker’s announcement isolated himself from his closest allies on Capitol Hil, including Sen. Rand Paul, who called the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign the “antithesis of libertarianism.”

(Video H/T ABC 13)

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