Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., was “courageous” for being the first Republican to call for President Donald Trump to be impeached, but said Amash “reached a different conclusion” he did.
It’s enough to leave one to wonder if Romney is envious of the libertarian-minded lawmaker’s audacity.
Romney and Amash have at least one thing in common, both are frequent critics of the president, Amash takes his opposition a step further by siding with Democrats in their Trump “resistance,” even co-sponsoring bills targeting the president.
Appearing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Romney was reminded of the bond by host Jake Tapper, who told his guest that he and Amash “are the only two elected Republicans, I think, to express any misgivings about the behavior of the president or his campaign team based on the Mueller report.”
Tapper asked Romney if he was “surprised” that they are the only two.
“Well I think every individual has to make their own judgment. I think it helps to actually have read the entire document. It’s a long document. It took me two full days to get through it, and the second volume is more difficult to get through than the first. So, hopefully more people read it,” Romney said. “But I think a lot of people want to reserve judgment until this is played out.”
As for Amash taking to Twitter Saturday to call for Trump’s impeachment, Romney came well short of supporting the effort.
“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have,” he informed Tapper. “I respect him. I think it’s a courageous statement. But I believe to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don’’t have the elements that are evidenced in this document.”
“I also believe that an impeachment call is not only something that relates to the law but also considers practicality and politics,” Romney said. “And I think the American people just aren’t there.”
He also noted the Senate is the “jury” when it comes to impeachment and the upper chamber is “certainly not there either.”
The remark sounds conspicuously like what Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been saying.
President Trump blasted Amash early Sunday in a pair of tweets, saying he’s a “total lightweight” quick to oppose him “just for the sake of getting his name out there.”
“Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy,” Trump tweeted. “If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, “composed” by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump…
After remarking on the Mueller report findings, asking “how do you Obstruct when there is no crime,” the president further ripped his antagonist: “Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”
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