Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN)Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan faced a packed house on Tuesday in his home district and called for Congress to hold President Donald Trump accountable for his “misconduct.”
“Clearly, things that violate the public trust are impeachable,” Amash told the crowd, drawing applause. He remains the only sitting Republican to openly say that Trump engaged in impeachable conduct, though he has not signed on to any existing Democratic impeachment resolutions. But he told the crowd that it is up to Congress to hold Trump accountable for the actions described in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. “I think it’s really important that we do our job as Congress. That we would not allow misconduct to go undeterred,” he added, earning some more applause.Read More”We have a job to do, and I think we owe it to the American people to represent them to ensure that the people we have in office are doing the right thing, are of good character, aren’t violating the public trust.”Hours before the town hall, his first with constituents since announcing he believes Trump committed impeachable offenses, Amash put out a series of 25 tweets expanding on his takeaways from the Mueller report, which explored Russian interference in the 2016 election.”In truth, Mueller’s report describes concerning contacts between members of Trump’s campaign and people in or connected to the Russian government,” Amash wrote on Tuesday.Dive deep into the Mueller report
The 39-year-old Amash singled out Attorney General William Barr for his handling of the report, arguing he misrepresented Mueller’s findings, including in testimony before Congress.”Barr has so far successfully used his position to sell the President’s false narrative to the American people. This will continue if those who have read the report do not start pushing back on his misrepresentations and share the truth,” Amash tweeted.
Barr has so far successfully used his position to sell the president’s false narrative to the American people. This will continue if those who have read the report do not start pushing back on his misrepresentations and share the truth.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 28, 2019 Amash is known for his independent streak and has a history of splitting with conventional GOP positions on controversial topics, such as surveillance and foreign policy.His criticism has made him a target for Trump — the President recently said Amash has “been a loser for a long time” — and has drawn a primary challenge in his Grand Rapids-area district, which he has represented since 2011.