- These lawmakers reportedly believe Amash could be an effective voice to make the case to conservative voters in a way Democratic lawmakers may not be able to.
- Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who is leading the movement to appoint Amash, praised the Michigan congressman’s qualifications and added he is “the first and only member of the Republican conference, when he was a Republican, to show courage.”
- Amash is a longtime critic of the president and has called for his impeachment several times.
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A group of 30 freshman Democrats are pushing House leaders to appoint Rep. Justin Amash, who recently defected from the Republican Party and became a libertarian, as one of the impeachment managers in a potential Senate trial for President Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported .
According to The Post, the group is led by Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, and the lawmakers want the party’s top brass to tap Amash to bring some diversity and a conservative voice to the impeachment trial, which is expected to begin early next year if the House votes to impeach the president. They also believe Amash could be an effective voice to reach conservative voters in a way Democratic lawmakers may not be able to.
“To the extent that this can be bipartisan, it should, and I think including Representative Amash amongst the impeachment managers is a smart move both for the country, for the substance and for the optics,” Phillips told The Post. He also praised Amash’s qualifications, telling the outlet the Michigan congressman is a lawyer and a constitutionalist, and “the first and only member of the Republican conference, when he was a Republican, to show courage.”
Amash is a longtime critic of the president. Earlier this year, he called for Trump’s impeachment based on the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings in the FBI’s Russia investigation, which examined the nature of the links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during and after the 2016 election.
It also looked into whether the president sought to obstruct justice when he learned of the existence of the investigation shortly after taking office.
Amash said that despite Attorney General William Barr’s misleading portrayal of the Mueller report, Trump’s actions “meet the threshold for impeachment” and he likely would have been indicted on obstruction of justice charges had he not been president.
In the end, it wasn’t Trump’s conduct outlined in the Russia investigation that led to impeachment proceedings, but his actions related to Russia’s western neighbor, Ukraine, a critical US ally currently who’s in a war with Russia over its sovereignty.
At the center of the impeachment inquiry are Trump’s efforts to solicit Ukraine’s interference in the 2020 election while withholding vital military aid and a White House meeting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately sought.
When public impeachment hearings were underway last month, Amash said, “If this were an ordinary prosecution, there’s no grand jury in America that would not return an indictment on the facts and evidence presented in these hearings.”
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed two articles of impeachment against Trump. The first charged him with abuse of power and the second with obstruction of Congress. The full House is expected to vote on the articles on Wednesday, and if they pass with a majority vote, the impeachment proceedings will move to the Republican-controlled Senate, which is widely expected to acquit the president.