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Republican strategist says an Amash presidential bid wouldn't result in 'any real political gain'

Republican strategist Lauren Claffey said Wednesday that if Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE (R-Mich.) decided to challenge President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE in 2020, it wouldn’t result in any “real political gain.”

“For Justin Amash it’s not going to be any sort of real political gain,” Claffey, who is a managing director of Hamilton Place Strategies, told Hill.TV. “He’s not going to win anything, he may just get a couple of votes and a lot of media interviews.”

However, the Republican strategist noted that Amash could potentially pull some important votes away from President Trump in key states.

“Just like any other third party candidate it would pull away votes from what’s already going to be a tight race for him and so he’s not going to want that,” she said. 

Amash told The Hill on Tuesday he would not rule out a third-party challenge to Trump in response to a question over whether he was thinking about leaving the Republican Party to run for president as the Libertarian Party candidate.

The question came as Amash has been facing backlash this week after becoming the first Republican in the House to support impeachment proceedings against Trump for obstruction of justice.

Amash also accused Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE of “deliberately misrepresenting” special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s findings from the Russia investigation.

Trump and his supporters quickly moved to shut Amash's comments down, saying the lawmaker is just looking to make headlines.

“He never supported the president, and I think he's just looking for attention,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories National Review editors defend Cheney from party attacks MORE (R-Calif.) said on Fox News a day after Amash made his remarks.

Amash, who is a founding member of the conservative voting bloc House Freedom Caucus, has frequently spoken out against the president and even at one point supporting legislation to block Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border.

—Tess Bonn