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Justin Amash: Republicans Feel ‘Trapped’ Into Defending Trump

Justin Amash: Republicans Feel ‘Trapped’ Into Defending Trump

An independent lawmaker in Congress who once was a Republican says it’s “a shame” that lawmakers and those working close to President Donald Trump feel like they have to defend his lies on his behalf.

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Rep. Justin Amash left the Republican Party in July of this year, writing in an op-ed that “Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law.” His exit from the party came after he came out publicly in favor of impeaching Trump.

On Monday evening, Amash, speaking with CNN’s Erin Burnett, was asked whether he thought Republicans working with Trump in the White House had to lie on his behalf.

“Yeah, and it’s a shame,” Amash said.

He added that those who worked with Trump probably “wish they weren’t, you know, trapped in this position.”

“Anyone working in this administration is going to have a hard time explaining what’s going on. You’re asking a lot from these officials to go out onstage and try to keep the story straight,” Amash said.

The Michigan lawmaker didn’t just say it was a problem for Republicans in the executive branch, but said he’s heard GOP lawmakers on the House floor also say “how they wish they weren’t doing this.”

While Amash lamented on how Republicans wish they could do more, some visible cracks are starting to appear within the GOP on the issue of protecting Trump.

Rep. Francis Rooney, a Republican from Florida, has publicly stated that he wouldn’t rule out voting for impeaching Trump himself if the evidence justifying doing so is sound. Sen. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, admitted to creating a fake Twitter account this week, which was “liking” posts from other users that suggested the president should be legally removed from office.

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