Rep. Justin Amash, who called for the impeachment of President Trump in a sequence of tweets on Saturday evening, was attacked by Republican Party lawmakers and representatives.
Amash claimed on Twitter Saturday night that Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct” by obstructing justice, and that Attorney General Bill Barr “deliberately misrepresented” special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation,” Amash said in one tweet. “And it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Fox News that Amash “just wanted attention” and attacked the Michigan Republican’s voting record.
“This is exactly what he wants, he wants to have attention,” McCarthy said on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “You’ve got to understand Justin Amash. He’s been in Congress quite some time. I think he’s asked one question in all the committees that he’s been in. He votes more with Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me. It’s a question whether he’s even in our Republican conference as a whole.”
House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise stated he “strongly disagreed” with Amash while the Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker compared Sen. Bernie Sanders with Amash.
Back home in Michigan, the response to Amash was less than favorable.
Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox praised President Trump’s leadership that she said “has led to the strongest economy in a generation,” adding that Amash has “opposed his ‘America First’ agenda every step of the way.”
While President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership has led to the strongest economy in a generation, Justin Amash has opposed his ‘America First’ agenda every step of the way.
— Laura Cox (@MIGOPChair) May 19, 2019
In a separate tweet Cox went on to say that Amash is desperate to gain attention and “advance his own presidential ambitions, Amash is peddling a narrative that has repeatedly been proven false. Shameful.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Justin Amash declaring President Trump had engaged in “impeachable conduct” was courageous.
Schiff said, “What the speaker has referred to and I have as well is can impeachment be successful in the Senate? We see no signs of that yet. I respect what Justin Amash is doing has said he showed more courage than any other Republican in the House or Senate. But what may be pushing us in the direction of impeachment in any event has less to do with Justin Amash but more the administration is engaging in a maximum obstructionism campaign.”
President Trump criticized Rep. Justin Amash on Twitter Sunday.
“Never a fan of Justin Amash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy,” Trump wrote Sunday.
“If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, ‘composed’ by 18 Angry [Democrats] who hated Trump, he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION… Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!” he continued.
Amash could test the waters for a 2020 presidential campaign. The Michigan Advance revealed last April that it was considering a third party run.