Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan was praised on Saturday for being the first GOP member of Congress to back impeachment.
“While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct,” Amash argued. “America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome.”
The conservative congressman was widely praised for his leadership.
Here is some of what people were saying:
Republican Congressman from Michigan, Justin Amash, is the first crack in the armor. If all Republicans in Congress would take the time to actually read the Mueller report, they’d be hard pressed to turn away from Trump’s mountain of criminality.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Justin Amash is a very unusual congressman. It’s exceedingly rare for a lawmaker to risk lighting their careers on fire like this.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 19, 2019
Gotta love Democratic Leadership showing less guts than *checks notes, shakes head in disbelief* House Republican Justin Amash on impeachment. They need to wake up! https://t.co/U8Ec2qYoQr
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Republican congressman Justin Amash.
I'll add to point #4: few in congress have read the report because they sense (rightly) that logical conclusion of report is impeachment. There's a real abdication of responsibility. https://t.co/RwN0elELBA
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) May 18, 2019
I say this as someone at odds with Amash on lots of issues important to me (and I think to him): All honor to Justin Amash, who has done so much today to set an example of constitutional responsibility and mature, civic discourse.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Everything Justin Amash said in his tweet thread just now is entirely evident to anyone who read the Mueller Report—Trump obstructed justice, his crimes were serious, Barr misled the public, these actions are worthy of impeachment—and it’s incredible he’s the only one saying it.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) May 18, 2019
Amash taking a firmer line on this than Pelosi lol pic.twitter.com/Q7PecU2gfq
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
worth noting that Amash has been incredibly consistent on his views around government authority (war, spending, executive power) since he got to Congress. So him saying this isn’t a total shock, though he is the lone Republican saying as much. (And ahead of quite a few Dems)
— Kate Nocera (@KateNocera) May 18, 2019
So @realDonaldTrump will tweet that Justin Amash has to be thrown out of the Republican Party in 3, 2, 1…
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Is Justin Amash the only republican who actually read the Mueller report? https://t.co/8EYhnznKRd
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 18, 2019
Wow is right! Republican Justin Amash @justinamash of Michigan has publicly announced that, after reading the redacted Mueller report, he has concluded not only that the President has engaged in impeachable conduct, but that AG Barr misrepresented the findings of the report. 😳 https://t.co/X4g7uQfANM
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Amash represents a heavily conservative W Michigan seat and has easily fended off primaries in the past
He tangled w @DanScavino in early days of Trump presidency but has otherwise not been targeted by WH.
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
This is a huge deal.
Amash has never liked Trump, but we now have a Republican congressman going even further than some Democrats are willing to.
In this thread, Amash says Trump “engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.” https://t.co/Gvkunag0dC
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
🚨Not to be overlooked, Rep. @justinamash has reached an impeachment conclusion ahead of any Dem leader doing the same.
Amash has taken a principled stand. I have no doubt he reached his own conclusion about the responsibility of the House, devoid of any political calculation.
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) May 18, 2019
This is quite a thread. Rep. Amash is a conservative libertarian Tea Party Republican, but he’s also no fan of Trump. He and I agree on little, but he takes the Constitution very seriously, and will buck the GOP when he sees fit. https://t.co/p903DIsxQeADVERTISEMENT
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) May 18, 2019
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) May 18, 2019
Rep. Justin Amash is politically very unique among the Republican caucus, but still it's very notable that a GOP congressman is saying the Republican president has engaged in "impeachable conduct" and laying out in very specific detail why he believes that. https://t.co/X3PUvSvyUU
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) May 18, 2019
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) May 18, 2019
Although Amash currently stands alone, this could set up an interesting dilemma for young Republicans with long careers ahead of them. Do they bank on Trump surviving untarnished or do they anticipate a reckoning down the road, where those who stayed at Trump’s side pay a price?
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) May 18, 2019
Trump: impeach me
Pelosi: no not yet
Pelosi: when I feel like it
Justin Amash: come on Nancy, do it
Trump: oh shit he's a Republican
Pelosi, soon: well, if even a GOP Congressman is calling for it, I guess I have to [looks to the camera and smirks victoriously]
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) May 19, 2019
Now that a Republican Congressman, Justin Amash, has come out in support of impeachment, we better stop seeing Democrats so reluctant to do so as well.
Impeach the president. There has never been a more urgent time.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 19, 2019
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) May 19, 2019
This is obviously right, and props to Amash for saying so https://t.co/K64rku8P3a
— Quinta Jurecic (@qjurecic) May 18, 2019
Has Trump attacked Justin Amash on Twitter yet?
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) May 18, 2019
This thread (worth reading it all) from an honest Republican (who is an attorney) looking at conspicuous facts, and calling them accordingly. How rare! May Justin Amash’s candor become contagious… https://t.co/AJYnqPbPSL
— John Dean (@JohnWDean) May 18, 2019
Justin Amash, um, any plans this fine Saturday? pic.twitter.com/WtoWvauJJJ
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 18, 2019