The First Republican Congressman that has broken with GOP ranks and come out against Donald Trump did so in a tweet Saturday afternoon. The Tweet has since gone viral.
Congressman Justin Amash is his name and here’s more of what he had to say.
Here are my principal conclusions:
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.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019
In his own words, he went on to say:
“I offer these 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.
In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings.
Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.
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.
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.
In fact, Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.
Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.”
Rep. Justin Amash becomes the first Republican in Congress to call for Trump's impeachment and accuses AG Barr of intentionally misleading the public https://t.co/9YFLqZyHCy pic.twitter.com/a5tkwiW5Bt
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 18, 2019
Amash is an attorney and Republican member of Congress. In January 2011 he began serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district. The district is based in Grand Rapids. Amash as first elected to the House in the 2010 Congressional election