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Amash Repeats Impeachment Claim

Amash Repeats Impeachment Claim
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By    |   Monday, 20 May 2019 05:13 PM

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., has doubled down on his criticism of President Donald Trump, writing a series of tweets arguing his case for impeachment based on obstruction of justice.

"People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods," the congressman tweeted.

Amash then tweeted various claims made by Trump and his defenders and his arguments against them, such as the claim that there was no underlying crime and that Trump should be allowed to end any federal investigation.

“In fact, there were many crimes revealed by the investigation, some of which were charged, and some of which were not but are nonetheless described in Mueller’s report,” he wrote. “In fact, obstruction of justice does not require the prosecution of an underlying crime, and there is a logical reason for that. Prosecutors might not charge a crime precisely *because* obstruction of justice denied them timely access to evidence that could lead to a prosecution.”

Amash added, “If an underlying crime were required, then prosecutors could charge obstruction of justice only if it were unsuccessful in completely obstructing the investigation. This would make no sense.”

The congressman also addressed the argument that “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” must refer a statutory crime or misdemeanor.

“In fact, ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors’ is not defined in the Constitution and does not require corresponding statutory charges," he tweeted. "The context implies conduct that violates the public trust—and that view is echoed by the Framers of the Constitution and early American scholars.”

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Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., has doubled down on his criticism of President Donald Trump, writing a series of tweets arguing his case for impeachment based on obstruction of justice.
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