Rep. Justin Amash
Rep. Justin Amash
Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash stated on social media (Twitter) this weekend that Republican President Donald Trump “has engaged in impeachable conduct.”

Amash is possibly the first Republican in Congress to make such a public statement.

According to reports on May 18, Amash “tweeted:”

“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.”

Amash added: “I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.”

The Michigan Republican also said: “Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation – and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release.”

On Sunday, May 19, Trump countered on social media that Amash is “a loser” and “a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy.”

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Representative Justin Amash represents Michigan’s Third District in the 116th United States Congress. He was elected to his first term on November 2, 2010. A Grand Rapids native, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and his juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He believes government overspending is one of the biggest threats to the United States’ economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment – the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment – to control government spending and reduce the national debt. He supports a fair and simple tax code and a regulatory environment that promotes economic prosperity. He explains his voting methodology as follows: “I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.”