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Here’s how GOP attacks on Justin Amash could doom Trump’s chances for re-election

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The Republican Party’s attacks on Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) — the first GOP lawmaker to describe President Donald Trump’s conduct impeachable — could backfire, according to New York Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait.

The Michigan Republican finished reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which he faulted other lawmakers for neglecting to do, and concluded the president had engaged in impeachable conduct — and Attorney General William Barr had misled the public about the investigation’s findings.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the president accused Amash of going public with his concerns just to gain attention, and Republicans falsely accused the libertarian conservative of voting most of the time with Democrats.

Chait pointed out that Republicans are trying to position Amash, who has already drawn a new primary challenger since going public, as an outsider — but he cautioned this approach could have unintended consequences for Trump and the GOP.

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“The grain of truth in the accusations against Amash is that Amash is contemplating a presidential candidacy with the Libertarian Party,” Chait wrote.

“A real right-wing third-party challenge, by a Republican (who hails from a swing state) would be a nightmare for Trump’s reelection,” he added, “and the more Republicans attack Amash, the more they close the door on any chance he can return to Congress, where he mostly votes with them, and push him instead to run against Trump. The short-term goal of discrediting Trump’s critics may bring with it a much larger long-term cost.”

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Ex-AG Matt Whitaker ‘pretty much acknowledges abuse of power’ in Fox News interview

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The former acting Attorney General of the United States argued that presidential abuse of power is not a crime during a Tuesday evening appearance on Fox News.

Abuse of power is not a crime,” Matt Whitaker told Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.

Tufts University Professor Daniel Drezner was fascinated by the admission.

"Interesting that Whitaker pretty much acknowledges abuse of power but doesn’t think it’s egregious," Drezner noted.

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‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News

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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.

Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.

"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.

"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.

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Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."

The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.

"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.

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