Pro-Trump GOP state rep announces Amash primary challenge in Michigan

A Michigan state lawmaker on Monday announced he will mount a primary challenge to Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (R-Mich.) after the congressman tweeted that he believed President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE had committed impeachable offenses, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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State Rep. Jim Lower (R) said he would challenge Amash in the Republican primary for his western Michigan seat rather than seek a third term in the state legislature.

Lower said he had been planning to run before Amash’s remarks but fast-tracked his announcement after the tweets this weekend despite originally planning to make it closer to July 4.

Amash drew fire from Trump on Sunday for tweeting that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE’s report detailed “impeachable conduct” and that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHolding defiant Trump witnesses to account, Jan. 6 committee carries out Congress's constitutional role Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official Appeals court questions Biden DOJ stance on Trump obstruction memo MORE had misrepresented Mueller's findings.

“Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence,” Amash said.

Trump fired back, calling Amash a “total lightweight” and accusing him of making the comments “for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy.”

Lower has seized on the back and forth.

"Congressman Justin Amash’s tweets yesterday calling for President Trump’s impeachment show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents," Lower said, according to the newspaper. "He must be replaced and I am going to do it."

Amash previously faced a primary challenge in 2014, topping businessman Brian Ellis by 14 points. Amash's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Updated at 9:03 a.m.