‘Every single member disagrees, and strongly, with the position Justin took over the week…’
But now, its members have voted to condemn Amash’s recent attacks on President Donald Trump.
Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, another founding member of the group, said Amash’s views on impeachment have not spread to the rest of the caucus.
“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,” Jordan said, according to The Hill.
Jordan said Amash appeared to have reversed his position since the group helped lead the charge last year on investigating possible collusion between the FBI and Democrats that led to special counsel Robert Mueller investigation Trump’s alleged Russia ties.
The Mueller Report ultimately found nothing to warrant charges against the president, although several members of his campaign staff were indicted on process charges such as tax evasion and failing to register as a foreign agent.
“We had a press conference like a year ago … on concerns about civil liberties and how the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court operates and what can happen in…this whole area,” Jordan said, “and now Justin’s on the other side and I just don’t understand that.”
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., a close ally to Amash, told The Washington Post that his view is now “180 degrees diametrically opposed” to Amash’s.
“When you quote me, just make sure people understand I disagree,” Massie said, Liberty Conservative reported.
Amash has had a tenuous relationship with the Freedom Caucus since Trump’s election, failing to attend a single meeting during the past year.
Speculation has stirred that Amash criticized Trump in preparation for a 2020 presidential challenge. Amash may leave the Republican Party and run as the Libertarian Party’s nominee.
Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower announced that he will challenge Amash in Michigan’s 3rd District Republican primary.