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Republican congressman floats idea of Trump impeachment

The first Republican congressman has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of “impeachable conduct”.

Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd congressional district, tweeted he believes “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct”.

His claim formed part of a bullet point list of his reaction after reading the redacted version of the report examining whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Listing his conclusions, he said he believed Attorney General William Barr, who was responsible for redacting and distributing the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has “deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report” and that “partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances”.

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He also accused many of his fellow congressmen of not reading the report.
Mr Amash, a frequent critic of the Republican president, expanded his comments to explain he believes Mr Trump “engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behaviour that meet the threshold for impeachment”.

The president has said the report concluded there was no obstruction of justice. Mr Mueller’s report did not make a formal finding on that question and left the matter up to congress.

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Mr Barr said he and his deputy Rod Rosenstein concluded there was insufficient evidence to say the president committed criminal obstruction of justice or acted unlawfully to impede the investigation.

The comments made by Mr Amash, who has suggested he may run as a libertarian against Mr Trump in the 2020 election, echo those of many Democrats.

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Earlier this month, house speaker Nancy Pelosi said Mr Trump was gravitating closer to impeachment with his efforts to thwart congressional subpoenas and obstruct efforts to oversee his administration.

However, she acknowledged impeachment proceedings would be “divisive” for the country.

The White House and the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comments about Amash’s tweets.

Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, wrote on Twitter: “it’s sad to see … Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia.”

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