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Leftists Back GOP Rep Justin Amash For Smearing AG Barr, Urging Trump Impeachment

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) was praised by Democratic politicians, far-left activists, and journalists on Saturday after he made baseless allegations against Attorney General William Barr and suggested that President Donald Trump should be impeached.

 

Amash, who in an interview earlier this year refused to rule out running for president, made the remarks in a series of tweets that were widely circulated and promoted by the president's harshest critics.

Amash tweeted: "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."

In the series of tweets, Amash failed to provide a single example of how Barr "deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report," and ignored the fact that CNN and The Washington Post have reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has stated that Barr did not say anything inaccurate in his letter to Congress about the report. Furthermore, Amash did not quote Mueller's report at all in his rant.

In 12 subsequent tweets, Amash stated the following:

I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.

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.

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.

Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.

Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.

In fact, 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.

Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.

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.

Our system of checks and balances relies on each branch’s jealously guarding its powers and upholding its duties under our Constitution. When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law—the foundation of liberty—crumbles.

We’ve witnessed members of Congress from both parties shift their views 180 degrees—on the importance of character, on the principles of obstruction of justice—depending on whether they’re discussing Bill Clinton or Donald Trump.

Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release.

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. Our Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.

Here are just a few of the people who promoted Amash's remarks:

Alyssa Milano: "HUGE! Republican Congressman Justin Amash concludes President Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct." Thank you for your leadership, @justinamash. #PatriotNotPartisan"

Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN): "This isn’t about politics, it’s about the fate of our nation!"

Ron Pearlman: "Well! HERE’S something you never see! A Republican who actually is loyal to the Republic!"

 

MSNBC legal analyst Barb McQuade: "Thank you for reading the Mueller Report, @justinamash. Your observations are the same as anyone who has read it."

CNN legal analyst Renato Mariotti: "This Republican Congressman has summarized the Mueller report and Barr’s misrepresentations as well as any lawmaker in either party. @justinamash is a profile in courage, given how the GOP has covered up for Trump. The rest of Congress needs to show the courage he has."

John Legend: "The case for impeachment is obvious to anyone who actually has paid attention to what Trump has done. He obstructs justice and abuses power on Twitter everyday. Does he have to shoot someone on 5th avenue?"

CNN analyst Asha Rangappa: "In the coming months, we’re going to see two categories of politicians, and it won’t be based on party. It will be those who care about principles, accountability, and the rule of law vs. those who care about winning elections and political kubuki dances. Thank you @justinamash"

Dan Rather: "Tweets from @justinamash are rightly making news. This is what principle over party looks like, We can disagree over policy, but we shouldn't disagree over the rule of law. The call for impeachment, at least with this one voice so far, has taken on a hint of bipartisanship."

 

CNN reporter and former Obama official Jim Sciutto: "Remarkable thread from the GOP Rep from Michigan"

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