First Republican Congressman calls for Trump’s impeachment. Tlaib extends warm welcome.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is being heralded in the liberal media as the “first Republican” to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

But then, all things considered, it’s a wonder that it took the rigid libertarian this long to do so.

Not only did Amash call for the president’s impeachment, he further aligned himself with Democrats by disparaging Attorney General William Barr, saying he’s intentionally misleading the public. At the same time, he claimed most of his colleagues haven’t even bothered to read the Mueller report.

Taking to social media Saturday afternoon in a series of tweets, Amash said:

“Here are my principal conclusions: 1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report. 2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct. 3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances. 4. Few members of Congress have read the report.”

The argument being that Trump has allegedly violated the public’s trust — this being the opinion of a man who is no fan of the president’s.

“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 tweeted.

In going after Barr, Amash’s rhetoric was eerily reminiscent of what Democrats have been saying.

He tweeted:  “Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.”

Amash is a vocal critic of GOP leadership and a fierce Trump critic so committed to his cause that after missing his first vote in six years back in March 2017, he literally broke down crying.

The lawmaker also did not “rule out” a bid when the Libertarian Party encouraged him last month to mount a third-party challenge to President Trump in the 2020 election, according to Roll Call.

Amash was talking impeachment two years ago, over a memo from disgraced former FBI director James Comey that purportedly said Trump told Comey he hoped he could “let go” of the investigation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn, the Detroit Free Press reported.

And in May 2017, Amash co-sponsored a Democratic bill calling for an independent investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

That same year, White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. took to Twitter to urge a primary challenge against Amash, calling him a “big liability.”

Amash joined with Democrats in February, co-sponsoring a joint resolution to block Trump‘s emergency declaration seeking additional funds for a border wall, according to The Hill.

He also called Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh a “disappointing pick,” saying Trump’s choice would “take us backwards” on 4th Amendment issues.

President Trump responded Sunday morning to call Amash a “total lightweight” who opposes him “just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy.”

After remarking on the Mueller report findings, the president ripped his antagonist: “Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1130109633673211906

Welcoming Amash aboard the Trump impeachment train was fellow Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the Democrat who was just in the news for a twisted remark about the Holocaust.

One of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, the radical leftist took to Twitter to urge Amash to sign a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings.

“You are putting country first, and that is to be commended. We both took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Please let me know if you are interested signing on to the resolution to begin the investigation into impeachment,” Tlaib tweeted.

That welcome alone should give the libertarian-minded lawmaker reason for pause.

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