Amash doubles down on accusing Barr of 'deliberately' misleading the public on Mueller report

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The GOP lawmaker, who has sharply criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE and last week became the first congressional Republican to call for his impeachment, accused Barr of "selectively" quoting Mueller in the summary he released prior to making public the investigation's full, redacted report.

"As a result of Barr’s March 24 letter, the public and Congress were misled," Amash tweeted on Tuesday. He went on to accuse the attorney general of using "subsequent statements and testimony ... to help build the president’s false narrative that the investigation was unjustified."

In a lengthy series of tweets, Amash explained the argument he made earlier this month about Barr, joining numerous Democrats in slamming the attorney general and calling for Trump's impeachment.

Weeks before releasing a redacted version of Mueller’s report to the public, Barr sent a letter to Congress detailing the top-level conclusion that Trump’s presidential campaign did not coordinate with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

The letter also noted that Mueller had not reached a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice by interfering with the probe itself and that Barr had decided not to indict Trump on it.

“Mueller’s report says he chose not to decide whether Trump broke the law because there’s an official DoJ opinion that indicting a sitting president is unconstitutional,” Amash noted Tuesday.

“Barr’s letter doesn’t mention those issues when explaining why Mueller chose not to make a prosecutorial decision. He instead selectively quotes Mueller in a way that makes it sound—falsely—as if Mueller’s decision stemmed from legal/factual issues specific to Trump’s actions.”

In the report, Mueller detailed 10 "episodes" of potential obstruction, leaving the decision on whether to pursue those issues to Congress.

“Mueller finds considerable evidence that several of Trump’s actions detailed in the report meet the elements of obstruction, and Mueller’s constitutional and prudential issues with indicting a sitting president would preclude indictment regardless of what he found,” Amash explained.

The Michigan lawmaker argued that Barr's letter misled Congress and the public and that in statements and testimony Barr continued to misrepresent the report.

“Barr used further misrepresentations to help build the president’s false narrative that the investigation was unjustified,” Amash wrote.

“This will continue if those who have read the report do not start pushing back on his misrepresentations and share the truth.”

Amash has been criticized by his party for backing impeachment proceedings.

Trump earlier this month called Amash a "loser" and a "total lightweight" and accused him of calling for his impeachment "for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy."

The House Freedom Caucus, of which Amash is a founding member, voted last week to condemn his remarks.

State Rep. Jim Lower (R-Mich.) said he would challenge Amash in the GOP primary for the 3rd Congressional District shortly after the impeachment call.