Amash: We need 'change in direction from this speaker' or a new speaker

Amash: We need 'change in direction from this speaker' or a new speaker
© Greg Nash

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGOP rep refutes Trump's account of Sanford attacks: 'People were disgusted' Trump claims Sanford remarks booed by lawmakers were well-received GOP congressman blasts Trump’s attack on Sanford as ‘classless’ MORE (R-Mich.) on Monday suggested that House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLaura Ingraham: George Will is ‘sad and petty’ for urging votes against GOP Seth Rogen: I told Paul Ryan I hate his policies in front of his kids George Will: Vote against GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.) may need to be replaced to deal with the dysfunction in Washington.

"We need either a change in direction from this Speaker, or we need a new speaker," Amash said during a town hall on Monday in response to a question about gridlock in Washington, according to CNN.
 
He said Ryan should be replaced with someone who is "nonpartisan."
 
The comments come after a top White House aide earlier this month sent a tweet calling for a primary challenge to Amash, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who opposed the House GOP's healthcare bill last month. 
 
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".@realDonaldTrump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. @justinamash is a big liability.#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary," Dan Scavino tweeted.
 
Amash responded to the tweet, saying the Trump administration and establishment have "merged into #Trumpstablishment."
 
"Same old agenda: Attack conservatives, libertarians & independent thinkers," Amash tweeted earlier this month.
 
After Scavino posted the tweet, the White House pushed back against allegations that it violated longstanding prohibition on using an official position to influence an election.
 
Amash said during the town hall Monday that Congress is the branch of government that is closest to the people.