Harris praises Amash for calling for Trump's impeachment: He has 'put country before party'

Harris praises Amash for calling for Trump's impeachment: He has 'put country before party'
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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCampaign aide replaces Trump with Kamala Harris in viral 'meltdown' photo Warren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Poll: Biden, Warren support remains unchanged after Democratic debate MORE (Calif.) praised GOP Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria pullout Grand Rapids synagogue targeted with anti-Semitic posters on its door MORE (Mich.) on Tuesday amid his calls for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE's impeachment. 

“What he has done is what we need more people in the United States Congress to do, which is to put country before party," Harris told MSNBC's Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence Francis O'DonnellLawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump Booker: Trump enablers 'will go down in history as despicable actors' Trump says it would be 'disloyal to my followers' to do a CNN interview MORE at a town hall in Spartanburg, S.C.

"The framers of our country, they designed a beautiful system in terms of our democracy," she continued. "They presupposed in some branch of government there might be abuses. So they designed our democracy, our republic, in a way that there would be three co-equal branches of government, and then a free and independent press, with the idea that each would be the check and balance against the other." 

"So when we talk about the process of impeachment, it is about the checks and balances that the framers imagined would be in place to be a check against abuses, and that is another reason why I support that process," she said. 

Amash is the first Republican in Congress to call for Trump's impeachment following the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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While Democrats have praised Amash for the comments, many of his GOP colleagues, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRepublicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death House leaders offer tributes from floor to Elijah Cummings The comments and actions of Schiff demand his formal censure MORE (R-Calif.), have criticized him.

Amash, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, hit back at McCarthy and Republican leadership at a town hall in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Tuesday. 

“I read the Mueller report. I’m sure he didn’t read it,” Amash said, referring to McCarthy. “He resorted to ad hominem attacks; that’s the kind of ‘leadership’ we now have in Congress.”