Amash doubles down on Trump and impeachment

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (R-Mich.) on Monday doubled down on his critical remarks of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE, detailing in a series of tweets why he thinks the case can be made that Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice.

"People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods," Amash tweeted.

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In a series of subsequent tweets, Amash sought to shoot down a number of prominent defenses of the president's behavior illustrated in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's report.

Amash argued it would be inaccurate to say "there were no underlying crimes" revealed by Mueller's investigation, that obstruction of justice requires an underlying crime, that the president should be allowed to use any means to end a so-called frivolous investigation, and that the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors" requires actual criminal charges.

Amash on Saturday became the first Republican lawmaker to say Trump engaged in "impeachable conduct." The House Freedom Caucus member concluded after reading Mueller's 448-page report that it showed "multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice."

Trump promptly returned fire on Sunday, calling Amash a "loser" and a "total lightweight" and accusing him of making the comments "for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy."

The president has maintained that Mueller's investigation found "no collusion and no obstruction." The special counsel did not establish the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government, and Mueller neither implicated nor exonerated the president on obstruction charges, leaving the matter up to Congress for further investigation.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySteve King defends remarks on rape, incest Omar says US should reconsider aid to Israel I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday suggested Amash made the claim to get attention and noted the congressman's tendency to buck the party on legislative votes.

“It’s a question whether he’s even in our Republican conference as a whole,” McCarthy said on Fox News. “What he wants is attention in this process. He’s not a criminal attorney. He’s never met Mueller. He’s never met [Attorney General William] Barr. Now he’s coming forward with this because this is what he wants.”

Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower (R) said Monday morning he would challenge Amash in a GOP primary for the 3rd Congressional District nomination.

Amash has represented the district since 2011. He won reelection last year with 54 percent of the vote.