Michigan Rep. says he’s not worried about re-election in 2020…
In a town hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday, Amash addressed his constituents’ questions about his recent comments on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and Trump’s “impeachable conduct.”
“To me, the conduct was obviously impeachable, so the question is, do you then move forward with impeachment proceedings … I am concerned that we’ve gotten to the point that impeachment may never be used under any circumstance and I think that is a greater risk than a risk that it will be used too often,” Amash said, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Amash received a standing ovation for declaring that his only job is to “uphold the Constitution.” He also slammed his GOP colleagues who have sided with the president, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
“I read the Mueller report. I’m sure he didn’t read it,” Amash said of McCarthy. “He resorted to ad hominem attacks; that’s the kind of ‘leadership’ we now have in Congress.”
Amash’s comments have inspired Democrats to become more fervent in their demands for impeachment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., re-upped her resolution for impeachment this week and praised Amash for being “one of the more courageous people that really does believe in the institution and believes in the rule of law.”
“I think we need to stop separating the fact that we’re trying to change people’s lives for the better, but we have an administration that continues to violate the United States Constitution,” Tlaib told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Several of his Republican colleagues have also voiced their support for Amash, though they disagree with his conclusions about impeachment.
“Every member of Congress has certain powers and certain responsibilities, and he’s made a determination — certainly different than my determination after looking at the evidence and weighing what is going on,” Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, told “Michigan’s Big Show” on 1240 WJIM last week.
During the townhall, an attendee in a “Make America Great Again” hat told Amash, “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am,” going on to blast the Mueller investigation as an operation of the “deep state.”
When the other attendees began booing the Trump supporter, Amash interrupted them and asked them to respect her comments.
This video gets to the heart of the Amash town hall: pic.twitter.com/PThqciSI8E
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Amash’s criticism drew a Trump-supporting primary challenger, but Amash said he’s not worried about re-election.
“I’m not worried about it. And in any case, you should always do what’s right. That’s what people do, time and again, they compromise themselves. And then, what are you even there for?” Amash said.
When asked about a presidential bid, Amash didn’t rule out the possibility but said he would continue to defend the Constitution in whatever capacity he could.