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Amash not ruling out presidential run

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Michigan GOP lawmaker says he's 'strongly considering' impeachment Newly sworn in Republican House member after Capitol riot: 'I regret not bringing my gun to D.C.' MORE (Mich.), a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE who left the GOP last week, said Sunday he's not ruling out a presidential run. 

Amash told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial MORE on CNN's "State of the Union" he 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. And I believe I have to defend the Constitution in whichever way works best," he said.

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Amash announced in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday that he was leaving the Republican Party.

He had been the only member of the GOP to call for impeachment proceedings against President Trump. 

In his op-ed, Amash did not specifically call out Trump.

He told CNN on Sunday that he has had concerns with the Republican Party for several years and that "this term in Congress has really shown how bad it can get." 

Amash said he plans to run for reelection to his congressional seat and is "very confident" he will win despite leaving the party. 

He faces a Republican challenger, Jim Lowe.