President Donald Trump lashed out at a member of his own Republican Party on Sunday morning for that individual’s recent comments suggesting that Trump had indeed engaged in “impeachable conduct.”
Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican representing the 3rd congressional district in Michigan, laid out a long Twitter thread of reasons why he felt the president’s actions were condemnable.
Among them, he noted that Trump had “engaged in impeachable conduct,” and that “partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances,” per previous reporting from HillReporter.com.
Amash also suggested that “few members of Congress” had actually read the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, which laid out a number of offenses by Trump that could possibly be grounds for obstruction of justice in some people’s eyes.
“I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis,” Amash wrote.
Trump trashed Amash on his own Twitter thread on Sunday, expressing that he doubted Amash actually read the report at all.
“If [Amash] actually read the biased Mueller Report, ‘composed’ by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump, he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION,” Trump wrote.
The president also asked in his tweets how one could commit a crime of obstruction when “there is no crime.” Most legal experts agree, however, that a crime of obstruction of justice can indeed occur, resulting in charges, when evidence of another crime cannot be proven — indeed, such evidence could be missing or unavailable because of the very act of obstruction to begin with.
Many suspect Mueller didn’t charge Trump with a crime because of his stature as president, adhering with a longstanding policy that the president of the United States can’t be indicted by the Justice Department. However, some have also speculated that Mueller’s report itself was a roadmap to impeachment for Congress to consider.
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