A group of 30 freshman Democrats is trying to convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to choose independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan as one of the impeachment managers in the expected Senate trial of President Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Amash, who is one of the most conservative members of the House and a Trump critic, left the Republican Party earlier this year. The Democratic group argues that picking Amash as one of those for the high-profile job of officially presenting the case for impeachment would help sway the public.
However, a House official told CNN that "It's highly unlikely that the speaker would take this sort of risk when she has so many of her own well-qualified members clamoring for a spot," since receiving the position could help bolster a congressman's career.
But Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., who is leading the effort to choose Amash, insisted he would be the proper choice, according to the Post.
"There couldn't be anyone perhaps in the entire U.S. House ... whose general political views are as polar opposite from many of us in the Democratic Caucus, and that's what makes it such a powerful statement: that on the issue of our responsibility to our Constitution, we are perfectly aligned," Phillips said.
The idea comes as no congressional Republicans have committed to supporting impeachment, while past impeachments have had at least some bipartisan backing.
Amash lashed out on Twitter at Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for saying he would not pretend to be a fair juror in a Senate trial and has already decided he would not vote to convict.
"Senator Graham has chosen to violate his oath to support and defend the Constitution, his oath to do impartial justice in an impeachment trial, and his duty to represent all the people of his state, not just those who share his political views or desire a particular outcome," Amash wrote.
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