After Backing Trump Impeachment, Amash Gets Primary Challenger
- Author: Jon Douglas May 22, 2019,
May 22, 2019, 0:42
"We had a board meeting and every single member of the House Freedom Caucus board felt he was wrong".
"I think it really depends on everyday Americans", Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC just before the Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday morning. Scavino targeted Amash, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus criticized by Trump. "No" for voting against some Republican legislation.
A Republican congressman from MI on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The Mueller report, now at the center of an escalating oversight battle between Trump and House Democrats, detailed extensive contacts between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, but did not find that there was a conspiracy with Moscow. Amash isn't taking back his call for President Trump's impeachment.
He goes on to explain in subsequent tweets that impeachment is "a special form of indictment" that "does not even require probably cause that a crime (e.g. obstruction of justice) has been committed". In addition, his recent comments that there was "spying" by law enforcement on the 2016 Trump campaign and his decision to appoint a USA attorney to investigate the origins of that Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - a move Trump has long called for - has sparked outrage from Democrats and longtime law enforcement officials as a politically motivated intimidation tactic. In his bid to keep the state in his column next year, Trump launched a weaponized tweet that could serve as a warning to other Republicans considering defying him.
"It will take at least $1 million to beat Amash and we believe we can raise that amount and more", he said.
The sentiment of the caucus is hard to judge in terms of whether a majority supports moving forward with an impeachment inquiry or not. Amash, it wrote, "used Trump's favorite medium - Twitter - to join a groundswell of Democrats who have concluded that the president's behavior, including instances of potential obstruction of justice laid out in the report by the special counsel ..."
In addition, in a case of swift political retribution, Amash drew an election challenge from within his own party on Monday when Jim Lower, a MI state legislator who described himself as "pro-Trump", said he would challenge Amash in the 2020 Republican primary, the Detroit Free Press reported. In a telephone interview later in the day, Lower said, "Most Republican Party primary voters support the president and want a congressman that would work with him to get his agenda done".
Lower, who grew up in Ionia County and has degrees from Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University, said defeating Amash will be hard.
Amash was elected in 2010 as part of the tea party wave that toppled Democratic control.