Last May, Amash, who co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, outlined his reasoning on Twitter as to why Trump should be impeached, becoming the first and only Republican to date to argue for the president’s impeachment. He also criticized Attorney General William Barr, whom Amash accused of misleading the public about the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash wrote at the time. “In fact, Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.”

Trump responded to that Twitter thread by calling Amash a “total lightweight” and a “loser.”


After calling out Trump for his “impeachable conduct,” Amash faced a backlash from Republican lawmakers and donors. Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower announced he would take on Amash in the Republican primary next year. And Michigan’s wealthy DeVos family said it had cut off funding to Amash, a five-term lawmaker.

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