On Monday night, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) informed reporters that the House Freedom Caucus took an official stance criticizing Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)’s call for impeachment, according to The Hill.
“We had a good discussion and every single member, I think now based on who was there and our board meeting was probably over 30 members, every single member disagrees and strongly with the position Justin took over the week, and we’re focused on the now,” he said.
“I mean, look, we’re focused on the fact that what the FBI did was wrong. We think that [Attorney General William] Barr’s handled himself exactly the way the American people want the Attorney General to handle themselves, and he’s going to get to bottom of all this.”
Even members did not discuss whether they should hold a vote to oust him from the group, many expressed frustrations with his position. Amash said he determined the president committed “impeachable offenses” after having read the full redacted copy of Mueller report.
“What concerns me is Justin was viewed as a leader, right, on protecting privacy rights first to First Amendment rights,” Jordan continued.
“We had a press conference like a year ago with Rand Paul, Sen. [Ron] Wyden all on concerns about civil liberties and how the FISA court operates and what can happen in this whole, you know, this whole area, and now Justin’s, on the other side and I just don’t understand that.”
Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) noted that this year Amash had not attended most Freedom Caucus meetings or held a Liberty Caucus meeting, which is the conservatist caucus he founded and chairs.
“You look at it, no one’s been a stronger voice on the potential abuses of FISA than Amash. I mean, he’s a passionate guy on it. So a lot of us agreed, and I remember we were all at a big press conference right before the reauth[oritzation] of FISA which was right before all this stuff came out about all this stuff with Trump,” he told reporters.
“So to look at that and see him take the position he is, I mean, it’s shocking. And then I had no conversations with him about it. And I think that was another thing he just didn’t really talk to the group about it.”
Freedom Caucus Members were clear that Amash’s voice did not represent their views on the matter, claiming that they did not believe in collusion with Russia at the 2016 elections or that the Mueller investigation was obstructed.
“Everybody’s entitled their opinion, it’s just in this case, Justin is one solo voice and the rest of this group here says ‘you’re wrong,’” Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) said.
President Trump on Monday, May 20, said Justin Amash may be looking to run for higher office by accusing the president of engaging in impeachable conduct.