Monday evening, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan told reporters that every member in attendance at the day’s Freedom Caucus board meeting agreed to take an official position condemning Rep. Justin Amash for his call to impeach President Trump.
“We had a good discussion and every single member … I think now based on who was there and our board meeting was probably over 30 members … every single member disagrees and strongly with the position Justin took over the week, and we’re focused on the now,” Jordan said.
“I mean, look, we’re focused on the fact that what the FBI did was wrong. We think that (AG William) Barr’s handled himself exactly the way the American people want the attorney general to handle (himself), and he’s going to get to bottom of all this.”
Amash helped to found the Freedom Caucus in 2015 and it has grown to become a powerful voting bloc. It is considered to be the farthest-right group in the House Republican Conference, and is made up of both libertarian and conservative Republicans. In addition to being a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, Amash currently serves as chairman of the smaller Liberty Caucus.
The controversial Amash has been anti-Trump from the beginning and is rumored to be a leading candidate to head the 2020 Libertarian presidential ticket. Many pundits are expressing their belief that the representative from Michigan is making a move to use the impeachment issue to gain attention and traction for that effort.
Freedom Caucus members are said not to have discussed whether to oust Amash from the group, but his established role as a conservative leader in the House causes many to have concerns about his outspoken views at this point.
As reported by The Hill today, Jordan said: “What concerns me is Justin was viewed as a leader, right, on protecting privacy rights first to First Amendment rights.
“We had a press conference like a year ago with (Sen.) Rand Paul, Sen. (Ron) Wyden all on concerns about civil liberties and how the FISA court operates and what can happen in this whole, you know, this whole area, and now Justin’s on the other side and I just don’t understand that,” he said.
Republican Rep. Warren Davidson said “they consider him a friend” but indicated Amash seems to have his own agenda moving forward, as Amash has not attended most Freedom Caucus meetings or held a meeting of the Liberty Caucus this year. “You look at it,” he told reporters, “… no one’s been a stronger voice on the potential abuses of FISA than Amash. I mean, he’s a passionate guy on it. So a lot of us agreed, and I remember we were all at a big press conference right before the (reauthorization) of FISA, which was right before all this stuff came out about all this stuff with Trump.”
“So to look at that and see him take the position he is,” Davidson said, “I mean, it’s shocking. … I had no conversations with him about it. And I think that was another thing … he just didn’t really talk to the group about it.”
Members of the Freedom Caucus emphasized they don’t believe there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential race, and neither was there obstruction of the Mueller investigation by the President.
“Everybody’s entitled their opinion. It’s just in this case Justin is one solo voice and the rest of this group here says ‘You’re wrong,'” Rep. Paul Gosar said.
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