WASHINGTON (PM) — Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has opted to depart the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) in the furrow of his remarks in support of going onward with impeachment proceedings versus President Trump.
Amash took to Twitter in May to declare that after reading the Mueller report, he concludes the president engaged in “impeachable conduct,” also challenging Attorney General William Barr of “deliberately misrepresenting” the conclusions of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The Freedom Caucus beforehand voted to denounce the Michigan Republican’s remarks last month, but the group opted not to push him out despite a divide amongst lawmakers. Members have repeatedly made it clear Amash’s voice did not express their opinions on the matter, stating they do not believe there was any collusion linking the Trump campaign and the Kremlin or any attempts by the president to hinder the Mueller investigation.
The burden to kick the congressman out of the group started to mount after Amash, a founding member, neglected to alert the group he intended to make his stand on impeachment public, blindsiding his colleagues.
Members of the Freedom Caucus have served as some of Trump’s most stalwart champions in Congress, continuing to stand by the president as force builds inside the Democratic party to impeach the president.
Amash is presumed to meet a well-funding primary challenge, with at least one challenger, Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower (R), having proclaimed his plans to run versus the incumbent in the wake of remarks.