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Odd Man Out: How the Independent Justin Amash Could Shake Up the 2020 Presidential Election

Odd Man Out: How the Independent Justin Amash Could Shake Up the 2020 Presidential ElectionWashington circles are abuzz with the suggestion that Justin Amash, the ex-Republican congressman from Michigan, may mount a third-party presidential campaign in 2020. In the few days since leaving the GOP, he’s talked about “room for a third party” and refused to rule out running for president. But sources close to Amash and the Libertarian Party deny that a presidential run is in the works—although the door is still open. For the time being, the Libertarian-leaning representative is looking to build a fiscally conservative, pro-restraint coalition across party lines.Michigan representative Justin Amash has made waves in recent weeks with his challenges to the Republican establishment. He first suggested that President Donald Trump should be impeached, then he contested the president’s authority to attack Iran without congressional approval, and finally left the party.Amash seemed to send mixed signals about his next move, telling CNN that he’s planning to run for re-election to the House of Representatives, but confirming that he still “wouldn’t rule anything like [a Libertarian presidential run] out.”



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Michigan Rep. Amash formally withdraws from House GOP caucus

Michigan Rep. Amash formally withdraws from House GOP caucusAmash, who had been the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, told GOP leaders he is withdrawing from the House GOP conference and resigning from the House Oversight and Reform Committee. In an opinion article published July 4 in The Washington Post , Amash said partisan politics is damaging American democracy.



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Ex-GOPer Amash doubles down on call for Trump impeachment

Ex-GOPer Amash doubles down on call for Trump impeachmentDays after declaring his independence from his Republican Party, Rep. Justin Amash reaffirmed his belief that “there’s a strong case” to bring up articles of impeachment against President Trump. The newly independent Michigan lawmaker, who was the only GOP member to call for impeachment proceedings after Robert Mueller’s report was released, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was making a mistake in not moving forward. From a strategic position, she’s making a mistake,” Amash said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday.



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Trump frightens Republicans but 'doesn't scare me,' departing party congressman Amash says

Trump frightens Republicans but 'doesn't scare me,' departing party congressman Amash saysRepresentative Justin Amash, who quit the party last week, told CNN that Republican lawmakers fear being singled out by fellow Republican Trump for personal, nasty attacks and that keeps them silent about Trump’s conduct. Amash’s decision to speak out about Trump after U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report in May on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election drew the president’s fury and a prompt Republican primary challenge for the district in Michigan that he has represented since 2011.



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'She Is Making a Mistake': Rep. Justin Amash Says Nancy Pelosi Should Move Forward on Impeachment

'She Is Making a Mistake': Rep. Justin Amash Says Nancy Pelosi Should Move Forward on ImpeachmentThe statements come days after Amash announced he was leaving the Republican Party



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Amash says Pelosi wrong on impeachment – and does not rule out White House run

Amash says Pelosi wrong on impeachment – and does not rule out White House run* Michigan congressman has left Republican party * Robert Reich: This is Trump and the oligarchs vs the restRepresentative Justin Amash announced on 4 July that he is quitting the party to become an independent. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APHouse speaker Nancy Pelosi is making a moral and strategic mistake by refusing to bring formal articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, the only Republican in Congress to back such proceedings said on Sunday.The Michigan representative Justin Amash is in fact now an ex-Republican, having announced on 4 July that he is quitting the party to become an independent and fight the “partisan death spiral” of modern US politics.In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, he did not rule out a rumoured run for the White House.“I believe that I have to use my skills, my public influence, where it serves the country best,” he said. “And I believe I have to defend the constitution in whatever way works best.”Such a campaign from the right could complicate Trump’s hopes of re-election in 2020. On CNN, Amash defended his role as a founder of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, a key support bloc for the president on which many place much of the blame for deadlock in Congress.Amash also said he believed he could win re-election as an independent.He first called for impeachment – and duly earned stringent abuse from the president and attacks from others in the party – in May, while still a Republican. Amash bases his case for an attempt to remove Trump on the report of special counsel Robert Mueller and his own oft-professed dedication to the meaning and spirit of the US constitution.Mueller, a former FBI director, did not find evidence of conspiracy between Trump and Russia during the 2016 election, in which Russia interfered with the aim of electing Trump over the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.But he did lay out extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians and detailed 11 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president or his aides. Mueller explicitly said he was not exonerating Trump but in a widely criticised move, attorney general William Barr said the president had no case to answer. Trump has repeatedly claimed vindication.Democrats and many constitutional scholars contend that in his report, and in subsequent remarks to the press, Mueller was laying out a “road map” to impeachment. His testimony before the House judiciary and intelligence committees on 17 July is eagerly awaited.Pelosi has declined to move on growing calls to move impeachment forward. To some, this seems sound political judgment. Impeachment would be unlikely to succeed in the Senate and could galvanise Trump’s base ahead of the 2020 election. To others, it seems a dereliction of constitutional duty.On Sunday, Amash said he thought that “from a principled, moral position, [Pelosi] is making a mistake. From a strategic position, she’s making a mistake. “If she believes, as I do, that there’s impeachable conduct in there, then she should say so. She should tell the American people, ‘We’re going to move forward with impeachment hearings and potentially articles of impeachment.’”He continued: “When she says things like, ‘Oh, I think that we need to have the strongest case before we go forward,’ what she’s telling the American people is, she doesn’t think there’s a strong case. If she doesn’t think that, then she shouldn’t open her mouth in the first place and say she thinks there’s impeachable conduct.“I do believe there’s a strong case. I believe she believes there’s a strong case. And, if so, she should move forward and make sure that the American people understand what’s going on, because people at home aren’t reading the Mueller report.“Most people don’t have time to read a 448-page report. They expect their members of Congress to do the work for them. They want speaker Pelosi to do the work. They want other members to do the work. And if she doesn’t want to go forward, then we’re going to have a big problem.”Amash was also asked how many Republicans he thought had read the Mueller report, which was published with redactions.“I think it’s probably less than 15%,” he said. “And I would say that’s probably the case on both sides of the aisle.”If members of Congress did read it, he said, he thought “a large number of them would reach the same conclusion.“When you look at the conduct in there, when you look at the evidence that’s presented, I think basically anyone would be indicted for that conduct, anyone who is not the president of the United States.”



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Trump frightens Republicans but 'doesn't scare me,' departing party congressman Amash says

Trump frightens Republicans but 'doesn't scare me,' departing party congressman Amash saysRepresentative Justin Amash, who quit the party www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-amash/trump-critic-amash-quits-their-republican-party-idUSKCN1TZ16Y last week, told CNN that Republican lawmakers fear being singled out by fellow Republican Trump for personal, nasty attacks and that keeps them silent about Trump’s conduct. Amash’s decision to speak out about Trump after U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report in May on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election drew the president’s fury and a prompt Republican primary challenge for the district in Michigan that he has represented since 2011. Amash, 39, said the Mueller report showed Trump had obstructed justice, bucking his party and echoing the conclusions of many Democrats, whose caucus is divided about whether to begin impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives.



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Trump explodes over Republican congressman Justin Amash leaving party: ‘Total loser!’

Trump explodes over Republican congressman Justin Amash leaving party: ‘Total loser!’Donald Trump has reacted angrily to Republican congressman Justin Amash’s announcement that he is leaving the party.The president attacked the Michigan representative, the only Republican in congress to support his impeachment, on Twitter early on Thursday morning.“Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is ‘quitting’ the Party,” Mr Trump wrote.“No Collusion, No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!”Mr Amash had only hours earlier quit the GOP, criticising what he described as “dehumanising rhetoric” within the current US political debate.“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” he wrote in a column for The Washington Post.“No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanise us.“I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system – and to work toward it.“If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”> Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is “quitting” the Party. No Collusion, No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > 4 July 2019Although Mr Amash did not mention Mr Trump by name, he has been a long been critical of the president.In May, he clashed with Trump supporters in his constituency during a heated town hall event, claiming they would be “appalled” by details in volume II of the Mueller report into Russian interference in the US election.“I was appalled by it… And we can’t let conduct like that go unchecked,” he told voters in Grand Rapids.He has also claimed he would not rule out challenging Mr Trump as a third party candidate in the 2020 election.Mr Trump has previously called Mr Amash “a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies” and “a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents’ hands!”Mr Amash, the son of Palestinian and Syrian immigrants, has previously been denounced by the Republican Party following his calls for impeachment.He was first elected to Congress in 2010 and has maintained a strong fiscally conservative agenda and refused to back government spending on healthcare.



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Justin Amash Quits Republican Party After Backing Trump Impeachment

Justin Amash Quits Republican Party After Backing Trump ImpeachmentReuters / Kevin LamarqueJustin Amash—the only Republican who has said publicly that he wants President Trump to face impeachment—is celebrating the Fourth of July in style after announcing that he's quit the GOP.Writing in the Washington Post, Amash made a thinly-veiled attack on Trump in an emotional plea to Americans to reject “the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us.” He went on to say that American politics is trapped in a “partisan death spiral,” and warned : “If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”Amash's decision to quit the party comes after he joined Democratic calls for an impeachment inquiry after the publication of the Mueller Report in April. Since then, he's had to deal with the scorn of his colleagues and has been publicly singled out as a “lightweight” by the president, who said Amash was “a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”Trump welcomed the news of Amash's exit Thursday, calling him “one of the dumbest and most disloyal men in Congress.” He added: “[Amash] knew he couldn't get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!”In his article, Amash quoted extensively from George Washington's farewell address which warned against the dangers of partisanship. Amash wrote that Washington's fears are coming true and that Americans allowed elected officials to toss the constitution aside for the sake of party unity, and that he's become “frightened” by the two-party system in recent years.“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” wrote Amash, summing up his announcement. “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system—and to work toward it.”Amash's departure will fuel speculation that he's hoping to become the nation's leading anti-Trump conservative and seek the Libertarian Party nomination for the 2020 presidential election. He's been evasive on the question before, telling CNN earlier this year that he can't rule out the move because he feels that “someone” has to shake up two-party politics.The move will also throw open the GOP primaries in Michigan's 3rd District, where several Republican candidates have already announced their intention to challenge Amash for his congressional seat.Providing he does try to keep a hold of his seat—which he didn't mention in the article—he’ll now face reelection as an independent.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Michigan Rep. Justin Amash quitting Republican Party

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash quitting Republican PartyIn an opinion article published in the Washington Post , on July 4, Amash said partisan politics is damaging American democracy. “I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” Amash said.



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