Anti-Trump group co-founder says potential Amash presidential bid would be 'wasted effort'

An official at one of the largest anti-Trump grassroots organizations in the country is dismissing a potential presidential bid by newly-independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Top Missouri newspaper condemns GOP's 'shameful silence' on Trump's 'racism' Amash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' MORE (Mich.), saying it would be a waste of time and effort.

“All he’s doing would be helping Trump,” Scott Dworkin, co-founder of advocacy group Democratic Coalition, told Hill.TV during an appearance on “Rising.”

“It’s a wasted run, a wasted effort,” he added.

Dworkin advised Amash, a vocal Trump critic, to instead put his energy toward his congressional reelection bid against Republican challenger Jim Lowe.

“Focus on your district, stay where you’re at and focus on getting reelected as a congressman,” he told Hill.TV.

Amash announced over the weekend that he has not ruled out a presidential run and would consider running as an independent.

"I still wouldn't rule anything like that out. I believe that I have to use my skills, my public influence, where it serves the country best,” Amash told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch The Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Jake Tapper on Trump's rhetoric: 'No more dog whistles, just naked racism' MORE during an interview on “State of the Union.”

These comments come after Amash announced in a Washington Post last week that he was officially leaving the Republican Party. 

The Michigan lawmaker ignited a political firestorm in May when he became the first sitting GOP congressman to call for an impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE in light of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report. 

Mueller's report found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, but it did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice, outlining 10 potential episodes of possibly obstructive behavior.

Mueller later issued a public statement, saying that he did not have the authority to impeach Trump, leaving it up to Congress. Mueller is now expected testify before House Democrats regarding the contents of his report next week. 

Amash has since doubled down on his calls for impeachment, saying he thinks Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.) is making a "moral" and "strategic" mistake by not calling for impeachment proceedings. 

But, despite a growing number of Democrats calling for impeachment, Pelosi has maintained she will not begin proceedings for now. 

—Tess Bonn