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#NeverTrump Civil War? Justin Amash Calls For Trump Impeachment; Mitt Romney Counters Case “Just Isn’t There”

#NeverTrump Civil War? Justin Amash Calls For Trump Impeachment; Mitt Romney Counters Case “Just Isn’t There”

Amash: “Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct”

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One of the first and most vocal #NeverTrump members of Congress, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) is now making headlines as “the first Republican” to call for President Trump’s impeachment.

So far, there is no indication at all that he is “first,” it seems more likely he is the “lone” Republican making such a call.  Even Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) stated Sunday that the case for impeachment “just isn’t there.”

Politico reports:

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash became the first Republican lawmaker to declare that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses and that Attorney General William Barr “deliberately misrepresented” special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Amash, whose libertarian views often put him at odds with Trump and his fellow Republicans, posted a series of tweets Saturday afternoon outlining positions that even some Democrats have been unwilling to embrace — an extraordinary development that comes as Democratic leaders face increasing pressure from progressives to launch impeachment proceedings.

“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash wrote, arguing that lawmakers have become too afraid of using impeachment to deter presidential misconduct.

“Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct,” Amash wrote.

Needless to say, the president is not happy.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1130109633673211906

Nor is Republican leadership.

The Washington Post reports:

Republican leaders on Sunday joined Trump in criticizing Amash. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called Amash’s comments “very disturbing,” arguing that the lawmaker is “not a criminal attorney. He’s never met Mueller. He’s never met Barr.”

“Those who know Justin Amash, this is exactly what he wants. He wants to have attention,” McCarthy said in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

McCarthy also took aim at Amash’s record as a lawmaker.

“I think he’s only asked one question in all the committees he’s been in,” McCarthy said. “He votes more with [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me.”

The Republican National Committee (RNC) also condemned Amash’s Twitter statement.

The Hill reports:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) blasted Amash’s tweets about the Mueller report Saturday evening in a statement, accusing him of “parroting” Democratic talking points.

“It’s sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia. The only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of President Trump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

In fact, most of Amash’s fellow #NeverTrump pals in Congress have yet to comment on his assertion.  Romney, however, stated on Jake Tapper’s State of the Union Sunday that the case for impeachment “just isn’t there.”

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Who?

Well, that’s two I know need to be primaried. Amash and Katko.

Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct

What, more of that “emanations of penumbras” rubbish? The Constitution means whatever we want it to mean today?

No, I don’t think so. The Constitution’s intent on impeachment is pretty clear, and this just ain’t it. Even the Democrats know that they have to at least pretend that they believe that an actual crime is involved before they try to impeach anyone. It has nothing at all to do with whatever silliness someone in the cheap seats fancies is “dishonorable conduct.” That’s for the voters to decide, not Congress.

As a voter I do not appreciate this blatant attempt at disenfranchisement.

    guinspen in reply to tom_swift. | May 19, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    “emanations of penumbras”

    Heh and woot! So to speak.

    Slapshot’s “terrible masturbator”

    Not safe for work.

    msoneal in reply to tom_swift. | May 21, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Tom Swift if impeachment simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct then almost every president could be impeached. They just want to bring President Trump down because he is showing America what the dems really are: corrupt and they don’t care about the American people. Trump does care and he shows it by the improvements he has made. I am totally disappointed in and disgusted with mitt romney. i used to respect him but the flushed all that down the toilet. I wrote him a letter and told him so. He did surprise me by saying that there wasn’t enough evidence in the Mueller report to impeach but that is the only good thing he has done since Trump became president. God help us all if Trump doesn’t get re-elected

WTF? Amash is not a libertarian by any stretch of the imagination. He’s just another power hungry, attention seeking, narcissistic, moral squish. And Romney? He’s Tapper’s apologist-political-wife-swapping-republican now? The whole thing is tragi-comic theatrical farce. Who the hell believes any of this horseflop?

Remove Amash from all committee assignments and move him to a broom closet with funding for one staffer. But leadership won’t do it because everything
is now Romanesque farce.

brightlights | May 19, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Justin has a problem though… His family owns a tool production company, Tekton, that has its tools produced in China. He himself is co-owner of a machine company that is HQ’ed in, take a guess, China.

I think he’s more peev’ed about the China trade issue then about the Mueller report.

The Amish family imports cheap tools from China and resells them as quality tools. Maybe a tariff or two is Justin’s real problem for his Amish Imports business

Is that Wyden freshly back from the embalmer?

The dems will not give up on impeachment because it has been their Hail Mary since 11/2016. It terrifies them that Trumps numbers keep getting better. I think their focus on 12 years is the deep fear that they will not see the presidency for at least that long. They can’t even keep people from entering the race because at this point any negativity towards any candidate will spread out to all of them.

Waht I see in common with these “we must impeach” folks – left and right – is that they never specify *what* in the Meuller report constitutes sufficient proof of either collusion or obstruction. They always *say* “it’s right there in the report” as if we should take their word for it and grab our pitchforks.

    CDR D in reply to jeffweimer. | May 19, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    The Mueller report was unequivocal in saying that no one in the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to affect the election. (We don’t even know what the Russians did, exactly, other than purchase some facebook ads). So, they are hanging there hat on the innuendo that Mueller left in the report about Trump trying to impede/discredit the investigation.

    The “old west” version of this would go, “… while it has been determined that the accused did not steal any horses, he is clearly guilty of having resisted being hanged.”

      CDR D in reply to CDR D. | May 19, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      “their”. dammit.

      Jackie in reply to CDR D. | May 20, 2019 at 10:31 am

      Putin gave the Clinton foundation 145 million because he was so enamored with their work? He wanted to make sure Chelsea had a good paying job? Putin wasn’t happy with the caliber of private jets the Clinton’s were forced to use? It was only a mere 145 million, so why would there be a payback?

    amatuerwrangler in reply to jeffweimer. | May 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Since most of us are not in a position to travel to the Swamp and read the unredacted copy ourselves, why not just spell out what it is that DJT did and then explain why it is grounds for impeachment. If it is as obvious as he says, it should only take a short paragraph or so.

    Or is it more of that obvious and incontrovertible evidence of collusion that Adam Sh*t for Brains has been harping on for two years. You know, the stuff that all Mueller’s hot-shots could not find.

    “Show me the money!”

They’re both such monumental A-Holes.

” it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct,” Amash wrote.”

And this illustrates why impeachment is a political. There doesn’t have to be a crime, just a burning hatred towards your political opposition. Too bad he never bothered to direct that ire towards Obama and Clinton.

healthguyfsu | May 19, 2019 at 8:09 pm

Primary time!

casualobserver | May 19, 2019 at 8:17 pm

Amash has been one of the few “somewhat” reliable conservatives or conservatarians. But it looks like the swamp monster now has him by the cajones. My guess is he is just trying to up his post-office creds. You know, to go out and lobby/consult and make tens of millions.

“I think it’s a courageous statement.”

Mitt Romney (POS) on the Amash impeachment statement.

Romney is a worse SOB than Amash. Thanks Utah.

    Romney fancied himself as McCain, the rino rat ‘maverick.’ With the Senate not balanced on one vote, Romney now fancies himself as Rashid Tlaib.

    Disgusting as she is, she’s more genuine.

I hate Romney

Amash is a traitor too.
When things get tough you know what people are made of
It would have been much more understandable if he came out and said Trump was killing his business and he’s pissed off

Grats, idiot. You’ve just drawn the line so low that every single human being in the House, Senate, and Washington D.C. for that matter is eligible for removal, including yourself.

DINORightMarie | May 20, 2019 at 6:30 am

Time to do some basic reading, Amash:

Article II, Sec. 4: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

TheAbidingDude | May 20, 2019 at 9:45 am

Amash has a really bad case of Natural resting Pedo Face.

Trump got terrible advice from his lawyers. Who lets their lawyer testify? Absolutely moronic. His Lawyers should be disbarred. To say Trump impeded the investigation is absurd. Mueller and his band of Trump haters had no limits on what they could investigate. To take every utterance of Trump and say that could be obstruction or this could be obstruction shows the bias of Mueller. The reason Mueller didn’t charge Trump with obstruction was simply he wasn’t obstructed and he knows it.

This is more subterfuge on the part of ‘The Turtle’. What a piece of work he is.

Born in Michigan, ethnically Amash is an Arab. He’s the son of a Palestinian Christian father and a Syrian Christian mother.

His father, Attallah, is a business owner, whose family immigrated to the United States in 1956 through the sponsorship of a Christian pastor and his family. His mother, Mimi, is a Syrian immigrant to the United States.

In the cauldron of hate that is the Middle East such people often make common cause with Muslims despite religious differences. What do we suppose his reaction might be to Trump’s affection for Israel?

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