Pollster says Amash's Mueller comments unlikely to have big impact on GOP

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump McCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Amash responds to Trump Jr. primary threat with Russia joke MORE's (R-Mich.) recent comments that special counsel Robert Mueller's report showed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE committed impeachable offenses is unlikely to have a major impact on Republicans, pollster Mallory Newall said Monday.

"If it was a rank-and-file Republican, maybe," Newall, who is research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told host Jamal Simmons on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking."

"But again, Justin Amash has sort of been known particularly [by] those in his home district, those who know him well, as somebody that kind of lives outside of the partisan lines sometimes, and he's not afraid to cross the aisle in the name of being a libertarian or being a contrary voice," she said.

Newall added that if someone like Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump wishes 'Happy Father's Day to all,' including 'worst and most vicious critics' Trump wishes 'Happy Father's Day to all,' including 'worst and most vicious critics' Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw MORE (R-S.C.) or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown Jon Stewart slams McConnell over 9/11 victim fund MORE (R-Ky.) made similar remarks "maybe it would be different."

Amash broke with members of his own party on Saturday when he tweeted that Mueller’s report "reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment."

Republicans like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe case for congressional pay raises McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' MORE (Calif.) were quick to slam Amash's remarks.

"What he wants is attention in this process. He's not a criminal attorney. He's never met Mueller. He's never met [Attorney General William] Barr. And now he's coming forward with this?" McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday.

"This is exactly what you would expect from Justin. He never supported the president. And I think he's just looking for attention," McCarthy added. 

— Julia Manchester