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Justin Amash becomes first Republican to call for Donald Trump’s impeachment

May 19, 2019

  While the Democratic leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi, are dialing back the impeachment talk the frenzy is growing within the Democratic party to bring articles of impeachment against the President. And now the first Republican Congressman is claiming Donald Trump should be impeached because of how he defines “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

 Here is what Michigan Representative Justin Amash had to say via Twitter today:

Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.

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.

In fact Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.

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.

  Never-Trumper Mitt Romney, of all people, is the only Republican to date who has spoken out against Justin Amash, claiming that while it took courage to say what he did he is wrong. Here is more on that:

Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday that he disagrees with Rep. Justin Amash on the Michigan Republican’s recent comments that President Donald Trump’s conduct has met the “threshold for impeachment.”

“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have. I respect him, I think it’s a courageous statement,” Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

“The American people just aren’t there,” he added. “The Senate is certainly not there, either.”

“I just don’t think that there is the full element that you need to prove an obstruction of justice case,” Romney said. “I don’t think impeachment is the right way to go.”

  While initially saying the “threshold for impeachment” has not been met Mitt Romney’s reasoning is a little odd and may reveal what he is really thinking. The American people and the Senate are not there when it comes to impeachment therefor we should not impeach? So, under this reasoning, does Mitt Romney feel impeachment should be on the table if and when the Democrats are successful in turning the American people against the President? It sounds like rather than basing his opinion on the facts he is basing it on the polls. That is not surprising coming from Mitt Romney.

  I find it odd that no other Republicans have come out against Justin Amash, but them again the Republicans’ support for the President has not been solid from the beginning so why should we expect anything different now? 

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