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 HarrisBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (Calif.) praised GOP 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.) on Tuesday amid his calls for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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'DonnellFederal guidance identifying 'go back to where you came from' as discrimination goes viral after Trump comments The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Democrats' first debate night MSNBC's Deutsch: 'Don't see anyone' at first Democratic debate who would beat Trump 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 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 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 McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' 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.”