Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Republican Rep. Justin Amash says President Trump 'has engaged in impeachable conduct'

Republican Rep. Justin Amash says President Trump 'has engaged in impeachable conduct'

Attorney General William Barr doubled down in a new interview Friday on his claims that President Trump's 2016 campaign was spied on - and vowed to get to the bottom of "exactly what happened" with counterintelligence activities.

Another one of Amash's primary conclusions from the redacted report was that Attorney General Bill Barr "deliberately misrepresented" Mueller's findings.

Amash, who was first elected in 2010 as part of the Tea Party wave, has long maintained strong libertarian stances that have often put him at odds with the larger GOP in the House of Representatives.

Amash wrote that, contrary to Barr's initial assessment of Mueller's report, Mr. Trump had "engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment".

But some Democrats argue that the document lays out multiple occasions in which the president may have obstructed justice, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 presidential candidate who has called for impeachment proceedings.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Amash criticized members of Congress for being overly partisan and not upholding their constitutional duty, saying very few members had actually read Mueller's full report.

Barr said there's much to be learned about the Obama administration's use of a debunked, anti-Trump dossier funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign to obtain warrants to spy in the Trump campaign.

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The McGahn news was not surprising. "Even more ridiculous is the extension of the privilege to cover events before and after Mr. Nadler and House Democrats are anxious to pursue Trump, demanding testimony from key witnesses mentioned in the Mueller report.

"My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Former FBI counsel Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was romantically involved, revealed during a closed-door congressional interview that the FBI "knew so little" about whether allegations against the Trump campaign were "true or not true, ' at the time that they opened the probe, noting that they had just 'a paucity of evidence because we are just starting down the path" of vetting the allegations", adds the report. "The president has repeatedly referred to the investigation as a witch hunt" and has declared "total exoneration" from any wrongdoing.

Amash's comments echoed the conclusions of many Democrats.

"While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it can not deter misconduct", he tweeted.

Meanwhile, congressional Democrats are probing the Trump administration, including looking at obstruction allegations in connection with the Russian Federation case.

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, also of MI, responded to Amash's Twitter thread later Saturday and invited him to join her impeachment resolution.

President Trump responded in a tweet Sunday, saying he was "never a fan" of Amash. "Voters in Amash's district strongly support this President, and would rather their Congressman work to support the President's policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans".

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