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Washington (CNN)-Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had actually concluded that President Trump’s in pressuring then-FBI director James Comey constitute “impeachable conduct” and accused AG William Barr of intentionally misleading the public.

Amash’s remarks suggesting Congress seek obstruction of justice charges against Trump were the very first instance of a sitting Republican in Congress demanding Trump’s impeachment.

Amash is a rare GOP cynic of Trump and previously stated Trump’s conduct in pushing then-FBI Director James Comey can warrant impeachment. In a Twitter string on Saturday, Amash stated he thought “few members of Congress even studied” special counsel Robert Mueller’s account and that the record itself established “several instances” of Trump committing obstruction of justice.

“Unlike Barr’s statements, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in particular activities and a pattern of behavior that meets the limit for impeachment,” Amash claimed in a string of messages on Twitter.

His principal conclusions are represented here:

  1. Attorney General Barr has misrepresented Mueller’s report.
  2. Conduct that was impeachable has been participated in by president Trump.
  3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
  4. This report has been read by a few members of Congress.

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019

Amash’s remarks recommending Congress chase obstruction of justice charges against Trump were the very first example of a sitting Republican in Congress calling Trump’s impeachment.

While many Democrats have called for impeachment proceedings against Trump, many members of the GOP have agreed with Trump’s assertions concerning the Mueller report also 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 didn’t think its findings sufficient to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

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Amash’s comments on Saturday with respect to impeachment went farther than many members of House Democratic leadership. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last Thursday that”daily gives grounds for impeachment,” while at exactly the same time arguing that she doesn’t wish to impeach, though she didn’t eliminate the possibility.
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Amash — a libertarian conservative chosen throughout the Tea Party wave of 2010 — was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, an integral bloc of Republicans who worked to shift the GOP caucus to the right on many issues, but at the Trump age, ” he has found himself breaking with his conservative allies who have embraced the President.

Amash said on Saturday that he made his decisions “only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, with reading or watched relevant statements and testimony, and never discussed this matter with my team, who thoroughly analyzed stuff and supplied me with additional analysis.”

He explained Barr misled the public in a range of places regarding the Mueller report, a charge Democrats and many others have made repeatedly that the attorney general has disputed.
“Barr’s misrepresentations are serious but frequently subtle, often taking the kind of sleight-of-hand credentials or logical fallacies, which he hopes people won’t notice,” Amash explained.

Amash stated “contrary to Barr’s portrayal,” Trump’s activities “meet the threshold for impeachment” and that anyone without the unique legal protections of this presidency would be facing an indictment.

He argued that it was Congress’ role to proceed with impeachment and accused folks on both sides of the aisle of political motives, stating they had shifted”their views 180 degrees… depending on whether they are talking about (former President) Bill Clinton or even Donald Trump.”

“Our practice of checks and balances relies on every division’s jealously guarding its powers and upholding its duties under our Constitution,” Amash tweeted. “When devotion to a political party or to an individual supersedes loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law — the basis of liberty — crumbles.”
“It’s sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia,” McDaniel said in a statement.

Amash is a rare GOP critic of Trump and formerly said Trump’s behavior in pressuring then-FBI Director James Comey could merit impeachment. In a Twitter thread on Saturday, Amash stated he believed”few members of Congress read” special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and the account itself established “multiple examples” of Trump committing obstruction of justice.

“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report shows that President Trump engaged in specific actions and also a pattern of behavior that meets the threshold for impeachment,” Amash stated in a string of messages on Twitter.

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