Justin Amash Fires Back At GOP Critics Of Trump Impeachment

A GOP congressman who said Saturday that President Donald Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct” reiterated his case Monday on Twitter.

Over the weekend, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said on Twitter that after reading the complete Mueller Report, he believes Trump “engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.”

Naturally, Amash’s comments angered the president, who called the congressman “a total lightweight.” In addition, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called the congressman “courageous,” but said he does not think impeachment “is the right way to go.”

Amash’s comments even inspired a fellow Michigan Republican to mount a primary challenge against him.

On Monday, Amash answered his critics with another series of tweets, firing back against the arguments proffered by those saying the president should not be impeached.

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.)

During a July 27 interview on Fox News Sunday, Scalise, the House Majority Whip, refused to say that Republicans would not pursue impeachment against President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas)

"The president deserves to be impeached, plain and simple," Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) told reporters in July. "We've got so much on our plate, it's not practical, we don't have the Senate ... I don't think it's practical that we impeach him right now. But he definitely deserves it."(AP Photo/FILE/Pat Sullivan)

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

King has said that Republicans should pursue impeachment if President Barack Obama takes executive action on immigration. "From my standpoint, if the president [enacts more executive actions], we need to bring impeachment hearings immediately before the House of Representatives," King told Breitbart News. "That's my position and that's my prediction."

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)

Yoho suggested that Republicans send President Barack Obama a series of measures to secure the United States' borders and then impeach him if he refused to enforce those measures, Breitbart News reported. Yoho has been pushing for President Obama's impeachment since before he was elected to Congress.

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)

According to audio captured by BuzzFeed, Barletta said that the House "probably" has the votes to impeach Obama. "We have a president that's taken this to a new level. And it's put us in a real position where he's just absolutely ignoring the constitution and ignoring and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances. You know the problem is what do you do for those who say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws. You know could that pass in the House? It probably could," Barletta said. "Are the majority of the American people in favor of impeaching the President? I'm not sure about that." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)

As a Senate candidate, Broun suggested that he would support impeaching President Barack Obama. "If House leadership brought an impeachment vote before the floor, then there would certainly be good reason for doing so, with substantive information and evidence to impeach the President. With the President repeatedly bypassing Congress through executive order, lying to the American people on Obamacare, and failing to address what really happened in Benghazi, I can understand why this would be an important issue to many Georgians right now," he said at a candidate forum. "What I don't understand, is how a candidate can claim to be a proven conservative, and yet if such a resolution was brought up for a vote, they would oppose it," he added. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Rep. Walter Jones (D-N.C.)

On a local radio program, Jones said that he favored impeachment over suing President Barack Obama. “I am one that believes sincerely that the Constitution says that when a president, be it a Republican or a Democrat exceeds his authority and you can’t stop the president from exceeding his authority, then we do have what’s called impeachment,” Jones said. “My problem with what my party is trying to do to sue is it will cost the taxpayers between two and three million dollars...use the Constitution, that's what it's there for.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)

Chaffetz has said Obama's impeachment was "within the realm of possibilities." Chaffetz later doubled down on the possibility, claiming the Obama administration was "embroiled in a scandal that they created." "It's a cover-up," Chaffetz said of the administration's response to the attack in Benghazi. "I'm not saying impeachment is the end game, but it's a possibility, especially if they keep doing little to help us learn more."

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Paul has said talk of impeachment is premature. "We need to figure out the truth of what happened [with the IRS scandal] before we go anywhere else," Paul said.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

Bachmann appeared happy to further whispers of impeachment, telling a crowd at a tea party rally in May that she's asked every weekend: "Why aren't you impeaching the president?"

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

The Republican National Committee chairman has said he thinks it's too soon to float the possibility of impeachment, according to the Associated Press. "There's a few chapters before we get to the last one," Priebus told reporters in May. "So it's up to us to connect the dots first."

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

In May, Inhofe accused Obama for "the most egregious cover-up in American history," according to Defense News. Inhofe then hinted at impeachment, claiming that “people may be starting to use the ‘I word.’”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)

When asked in May, Cole did not support fellow Republicans' suggestion that Benghazi resembled the Watergate scandal. He went on to say that he did not think Obama should be impeached over the controversy.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R)

Appearing on a radio program, Huckabee said that President Barack Obama had done things that were "worthy" of impeachment, but suggested that impeaching the president would be pointless because Democrats in the Senate would block it. Huckabee later retreated from the comments, saying: "I think impeachment ought to be something that would be used in the rarest and most unusual of circumstances, and because a person has perhaps exceeded his authority, and in this case I believe the president has in a number of areas, doesn't mean that's advisable."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

McCain refused to back impeachment over Benghazi in May, claiming he was willing to give the president "the benefit of the doubt" on some remaining questions.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Collins said in May that she wasn't willing to talk about impeachment "at this point," but she acknowledged the allegations were "serious."

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