Amash on Mueller Report: Trump Engaged in Impeachable Conduct

Amash on Mueller Report: Trump Engaged in Impeachable Conduct May 18, 2019

This report is also over at The Resurgent.

Not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need.

In reality, I’ve given up on finding any heroes in the world of politics. It is a shameless, corrupt, cutthroat business, where the scourge of partisanship has mutated, grown, and displaced anything resembling actual patriotism. It has widened the chasm between countrymen to the point where you have to wonder if we can ever be brought together, again.

The enduring mark of humanity, however, is that someone will always surprise you, whether good or bad, even in the political world.

That happened on Saturday.

Truly, it’s not that it should have surprised anyone, given what we know about Michigan Republican Representative Justin Amash, the Palestinian-American Christian, perhaps more Libertarian than Republican, but firmly conservative in his views.

He enjoys a solid “A” Liberty Score on the Conservative Review scorecard, which is more than can be said for some of the current Fox News-approved “conservative” lawmakers.

California’s Devin Nunes has an “F” Liberty Score.

Florida’s Matt Gaetz does a bit better, with a “D.”

Those are what passes for acceptable conservative voices in today’s political climate. It’s not that they’re truly conservative, but because for the Republican Party and the tribal nature of politics today, conservatism is not defined as a worldview, but in terms of loyalty to Donald Trump.

We have lost our way.

There have been rumors for months of Amash potentially launching an independent bid to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency.

It would be a big step. Unless something changes, he wouldn’t be getting any backing from the GOP, who have signaled that they would not entertain any primary challenges to Trump.

It’s also a risk. In Michigan, should the congressman decide to take a run at higher office, he would have to give up his seat in the House.

As it is, Amash, who entered Congress as a Tea Party conservative in 2010 is up for reelection in 2020, and maybe the time feels right to go for it.

He’s not saying.

What he is saying, however, is powerful.

When special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as possible conspiracy and obstruction on the part of Team Trump was made public – redacted, of course – there were some immediate calls on both sides of the aisle.

Democrats took a few hours to deem the report a slam dunk against a president they have no intention of supporting or embracing.

Republican lawmakers, on the other hand, had the benefit of Attorney General William Barr, appointed to serve as Donald Trump’s new “fixer” and personal attorney.

Barr did not allow for Congress or the public to see the report and make up their minds. Before release, he held a press conference to act as the president’s advocate, and whitewashed everything.

Republicans and the president took victory laps, declaring NO COLLUSION! NO OBSTRUCTION!

Except, that just wasn’t true.

What Mueller said in his report was that there wasn’t enough evidence to nail Trump or his campaign for conspiring with a foreign government, but there were many troubling ties.

He also noted that it there were at least 10 incidents of attempted obstruction by Donald Trump during the investigation.

Finally, he pointed out that under the current laws, he had no authority to indict a sitting president, so he left everything to come after in the hands of Congress.

It was AG Barr who stood in the way of that, and continues to stand in the way, by refusing Democrat lawmakers, who currently have the majority in the House, when they ask for the full, unredacted report, as well as the underlying materials that went into the report.

That report came out on April 18. Around that time, Representative Amash stated that he’d be reading the report and giving his thoughts, afterwards.

It’s been a month, plenty of time to read the report, in full, and form an opinion, based on the laws of our nation.

Amash, an attorney by trade, is well-equipped to give an opinion, and now he has.

Breaking from the protectionist strategies of his colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus, Amash delivered this powerful conclusion on the report across social media:

“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 wrote Saturday afternoon.

“Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” the Michigan Republican continued. “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.”

That sound you hear is – BOOM!

I’m guessing Mr. Amash’s Twitter mentions, as well as his phone are blowing up, as we speak. As a Republican, he’s expected to toe the party line, ethics and principles be damned.

We’ve certainly seen that craven behavior from other Republicans in Washington.

I appreciate that he specifically called out William Barr’s chicanery, as well.

“In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings,” Amash wrote.

Personally, I didn’t need Justin Amash to point out that Barr was clearly running interference and attempting to lie to the public about Mueller’s report, but I’m glad he did. Somebody with status above a lowly blogger needs to say it.

“Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.”

We noticed.

For Democrat leadership, they’re fighting the notion of impeachment, in gambling that it pays off at the ballots in 2020.

For Republican leadership, you can expect to hear some really nasty things about Justin Amash on all the Sunday talk shows.

OH – and I foresee a childish new nickname from Grandpa Ranty McTweeter, sitting in the White House.

Big kudos to Rep. Amash for his due diligence, taking the time to actually read the report before rushing to judgment, and then for speaking the hard truths, even against the wishes of his own party.

Amash recognizes that the health of the republic is more important than partisanship.

He is a rare breed, these days.

 

 

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  • Michael Weyer

    And the reaction from the right-wing media is as if Amash just performed the abortion for an illegal transgender Muslim in the National Cathedral.

    They keep buzzing about him doing a Presidential run but given how they treat any challenge to Trump as an act of treason, they would tear him apart. Amash probably figures it’s not worth putting himself or his family through that and I don’t blame him.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    While I do not blame Rep Amash either, I still believe the time is ripe (and getting more so weekly) for a 3rd-party presidential bid from a true conservative with name-recognition. What Justin is doing here can be seen as a form of ‘testing the waters’ to see if the public is getting fed up with the corruption and partisanship of DC yet or if another term or two of Obama/Trump-style corruption with AG- and USSC- ‘fixers’ will be required.

    The longer the wait, the more likely even a ‘normal’ (unquestioned election) transition of power will result in partisan violence and bloodshed.

    However, now that Trump has ripped the hypocritical masks off the “conservative” media and the GOP and the “evangelcialy leadership”, we have a ring-side seat to see just how corrupted each of those entities is and how disastrous their policies are to the country when allowed to go (virtually) unchecked.

    With luck, there will be no progressive GOP left with any credibility to mount significant future attacks by 2020 – if not, we could well be in one or more shooting wars by 2024 — and our military has been intentionally drawn down by Obama and the anti-military Democrats explicitly to prevent the ability to fight on 2 simultaneous fronts — or even to fight a major (conventional) war on ONE front without mobilizing virtually all Reserve and NG forces as well as an extensive national draft.

  • Ellen Elmore

    I can’t wait to see Trump’s Tweets after hearing what Amash had to say. Even more interesting will be Fox News’ response to the truth spoken by Amash. What Amash probably realizes is that Trump will always come out on top because everyone is afraid of him. Three cheers for Justin Amash for being willing to subject himself to the wrath of Trump, the RNC and all other GOP members.

  • Michael Weyer

    You’re in luck! Trump says Amash is a “lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas just for the sake of getting his name out there for some controversy.”

    Plus: “If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, ‘composed’ by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump, he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION…Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”

    Yet if Amash were to vote for something major on his side, Trump will be hailing the guy as a true hero.

  • mersey

    I’m sure Trump struggled to read the initial 4 page summary report that Barr presented. That’s a lot of words to read at one time. The chances of Trump reading the full Mueller Report are even less than zero! He’s waiting for the “made for t.v.” movie to air on Fox News in the near future to get the full (I mean “Republican”) scope of the report.

    The GOP has gone from the Party Of Lincoln to the Party Of Liars within three years. What a sad bunch of people.

  • chemical

    The GOP has gone from the Party Of Lincoln to the Party Of Liars within three years.

    I disagree here. The GOP’s power base has changed many times since Lincoln. In Lincoln’s time, they more closely resembled modern Democrats on policy positions. A big changed happened in 1964 when Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act: Many Dems switched parties and became Republican. I’d say the GOP became trumpified in 2013, when there was a backlash among white voters when some GOP congressmen worked on a bipartisan immigration bill. Even earlier in 2008, perhaps, when the stupid wing of the party managed to get Sarah Palin in for VP pick.

  • mersey

    I agree with you comment. My comment was a generalization written out of frustration. As I’ve said many times before, I was a Republican for most of my adult life, but I don’t recognize these people any more. I am sicken by what the GOP has become. They are exactly what they hate in others.

  • chemical

    I can empathize, as the GOP essentially shoved me out of the party a long time ago, early in my adult life.

    Yeah, I actually started adult life as a conservative and the first president I voted for was Bush 43 (2000 election was the first one I was old enough to vote in).

  • JASmius

    Reportedly most of Amash’s fellow Republicans say the same thing…..in private. But none of them have the balls to echo him publicly. This is what I mean when I refer to the majority of GOP officeholders as hostages.

  • JASmius

    I have to say I’m baffled at your anticipation of what everybody knew was coming. Trump’s tweets were tiresomely predictable. Trump himself is tiresomely predictable. He’s a one-note samba, a one-trick pony. He has the one Don Rickles-esque routine, and that’s it. The only reason it got remotely over in 2016 was that Mrs. Clinton was his doppelganger and he was “the other guy” at the end of a bitter, divisive, extreme, race-baiting, personality cultish Democrat presidency. Every political wind was at his back, plus all the resources of Russian intelligence. But it’s old news. A vanished fad. Completely unsuited to building a majority coalition, which he’s never, EVER attempted. And he won’t be facing Mrs. Clinton next year. It beats me why the term “Trump fatigue” hasn’t taken hold yet, but the phenomenon certainly has. And by 2020, it will be irresistable.

  • Pearl Nardini

    Rep. Justin Amash, finally…a Republican with some courage. I hope he continues to state his case but I guess the GOP is already set to defeat him. But, I am encouraged that there is at least ONE Republican who is sane enough to see through the fog. It is truly amazing that Trump still has his core supporters but they were never looking for a man with honor or common sense, they were looking for a bully!

  • Michael Weyer

    Because they know they say it publically, they’re slammed as pure liberals and the Trump cultists vote against them next election.

    It’s also why they won’t go for impeachment even if Pence would be a better choice to unite the party. Because the Trump voters are ONLY for Trump. Not Pence, not the GOP, just Trump. Get rid of him and the backlash crushes the GOP majorly for next year to the point the Democrats could nominate freaking Oprah and she’d win in a landslide.