Amash not ruling out presidential run

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.), a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE who left the GOP last week, said Sunday he's not ruling out a presidential run. 

Amash told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch The Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Jake Tapper on Trump's rhetoric: 'No more dog whistles, just naked racism' 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.