The Mueller Report has been released for exactly a month. For several weeks before that, Attorney General Bill Barr’s synopsis was out, and Democrats howled at how slanted it was toward the president.
On Saturday afternoon, Rep. Justin Amash, a four-term, 39-year-old Republican Congressman from Grand Rapids who represents his own hometown, indicated that President Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct.”
In a tweet thread, Amash concluded that AG Barr deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report; Trump engaged in impeachable conduct; partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances; and few of his colleagues in Congress have read the Mueller report.
Without evidence, Amash impugned his own fellow Republicans by accusing them of simply accepting the “party line” on Barr’s synopsis without reading the report. He also signaled in the tweets that he would side with Democrats in voting for impeachment.
That’s a heck of a lot of mud to sling after a whole month. And of course, the Media Pounced on it like it was red meat thrown to a ravenous tiger.
Washington Post: “Amash’s full-throated condemnation of Barr, Trump and his colleagues could give Democrats more ammunition to continue pursuing their investigations.”
CNN: “He said Barr misled the public in a range of venues regarding the Mueller report, a charge Democrats and others have made repeatedly that the attorney general has disputed.”
Why would Amash wait a whole month to echo what Democrats have been saying since Day One?
Perhaps he thinks the Democrats in the House have something on the president. Perhaps he thinks he’s Lawrence Hogan, one of the bevy of Republicans who broke to impeach Richard Nixon in 1974. Hogan said “After reading the transcripts, it was sobering: the number of untruths, the deception and the immoral attitudes. By any standard of proof demanded, we had to bind him over for trial and removal by the Senate.”
Whether you agree with Amash or not, it’s the timing that intrigues me. Just as Democrats, with somewhere around two dozen candidates in the presidential race, are beginning to swing back to impeachment, here’s a guy in Michigan, who in most things shows himself to be a small-government fiscal and social conservative, whose words side with the most leftist Democratic Party ever.
What’s up with that?
I have to ask…
Is Amash planning to primary Trump? If so, this would be a good way to put some distance between himself and the Trump-owned GOP.
If Amash is not planning to enter the race, then his tweets today make no sense. Trump would welcome an impeachment vote. The spectacle would give the president an incredible platform from which to punch back at his enemies. It would make Democrats look as deranged as ever going after him. And, most importantly, it would fail.
I don’t believe that Amash is conducting some sort of underground campaign to help the president by baiting Democrats into impeachment. I think he believes what he tweeted. But doing so makes him no friends in his own party. When Trump responds, it will be ugly and insulting.
The only conclusion I can find is that Amash is thinking about running. It’s that or he’s just another unthoughtful loudmouth.