House Democrats clash with Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the issue of impeachment


In the face of blowback from his party, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash doubled down on his arguments that Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct".

Amash also accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misrepresenting the findings of the Mueller report. Mueller also decided against filing an obstruction of justice charge against the president.

"There is a logical reason for that".

Amash said that he came to his conclusions after reading the Mueller report.

"I am a pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-second amendment, pro-family values Republican", Lowe said in a statement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding her increasingly restive caucus to a step-by-step process by which the courts and perhaps the House would weigh in on Trump's lack of cooperation.

I was not particularly surprised when almost all Republican members of Congress agreed that the findings contained in the Mueller report did not rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and as a result did not present a compelling case for impeachment.

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"Amash has consistently voted against President Donald Trump on important issues", said state Rep. Jim Lower, who scrambled to announce his campaign Monday after Amash's tweets. When Democrats introduced a resolution to block the president's national emergency declaration in February, Amash was one of a small handful of Republicans to vote in favor of it. If Democrats are forced to pursue impeachment proceedings, Schiff added, it "has less to do with Justin Amash and more to do with the fact that the administration is engaging in a maximum obstructionism campaign against Congress". He has since doubled-down on his call and has faced harsh criticism from House GOP leaders who have dismissed him as an outlier with minimal influence in the party.

Norton told FOX 17 he believes Amash is playing three-dimensional chess by posting such inflammatory comments about the president.

Raskin, a former law professor, said he did not want to advocate for impeaching Trump but rather to open an impeachment inquiry, which would allegedly strengthen their legal position while allowing Democrats to continue to pass partisan bills through the House. He said the 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".

A long-standing Justice Department policy says that sitting USA presidents cannot be charged with criminal offenses, but can be charged after they leave office. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Joe Neguse of Colorado - all members of Democratic leadership - pushed to begin impeachment proceedings during a leadership meeting in Pelosi's office, said the sources.

Trump said he was "never a fan" of the congressman he called "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". But past year he downplayed that, saying at that point it was a "moot conversation in many ways" because Republicans were in control of both the House and Senate.