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Rep. Amash Applauded By Largely Friendly Crowd At Town Hall

Justin Amash
Gordon Evans
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) 3rd Congressional Dist.

UPDATED Tuesday at 11:00 p.m.: After making national headlines for being the first, United States Republican Congressman to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Representative Justin Amash hosted a town hall Tuesday evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

“We should have a President who upholds the law," said US Representative Justin Amash, receiving applause at a standing room only Town Hall crowd Tuesday evening in Grand Rapids.

Rep. Amash, who represents the 3rd Congressional District in West Michigan said on Twitter two weeks ago, that after reading the entire redacted Robert Mueller Report, President Donald Trump had obstructed justice, and engaged in “impeachable offenses.”

Rep. Amash echoed those sentiments Tuesday evening, suggesting that even if the votes were not there to remove Trump from power, Congress should still hold Trump accountable and begin impeachment proceedings.

“My biggest concern, I thought about this for a long time, like I said, I spent a month reviewing, analyzing, and thinking about it; I am concerned that we have gotten to a point where impeachment may never be used in any circumstance, and I think that a greater risk," said Rep. Amash.

The Town Hall came hours after Amash had doubled down on his position Tuesday, this time taking aim at United States Attorney General William Barr on Twitter.

In a 25-post-tweetstorm Tuesday, Amash accused Barr of “deliberately misrepresenting” the findings of the Mueller report, and that Barr had “used his position to sell the president's false narrative to the American people.”

UPDATED Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.: The only Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct was largely applauded during a town hall in his Michigan district.

Rep. Justin Amash spoke to hundreds of people Tuesday night in Grand Rapids. Many gave him a standing ovation, but some of his former supporters expressed their anger with him.

Amash says if people read special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Trump's conduct during and after the 2016 presidential election, they will be "appalled." He says "we can't let conduct like that go unchecked."

Amash says he is not worried about losing re-election over his stance on Trump and says the president fared worse in his district than he did.

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