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 HarrisBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Sanders revokes congressional endorsement for Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate MORE (Calif.) praised GOP Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGroup of House Democrats reportedly attended the White House ball Group of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing MORE (Mich.) on Tuesday amid his calls for President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' 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'DonnellButtigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president Lawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump Booker: Trump enablers 'will go down in history as despicable actors' 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 MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts 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 McCarthyGOP lawmakers jockey for positions as managers On The Money: Trump, China announce 'Phase One' trade deal | Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records | House panel schedules hearing, vote on new NAFTA deal House panel to hold hearing, vote on Trump's new NAFTA proposal 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.”