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Amash: 'The ball is in our court, Congress'

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House votes to condemn alleged hysterectomies on migrant women House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (R-Mich.), the lone Republican to endorse impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE, said Wednesday that Congress has to take action after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE maintained that charging President Trump wasn't an option.

"The ball is in our court, Congress," Amash tweeted on Wednesday.

Amash's tweet came shortly after Mueller gave his first public statement since taking over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election nearly two years ago.

It also came after Amash held his first public town hall in his Michigan district since he endorsed impeaching Trump earlier this month. The GOP congressman supported beginning impeachment proceedings in light of the Mueller report's findings on the president's attempts to undermine the investigation.

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Mueller said in his statement Wednesday that he would not testify before Congress and wouldn't offer any commentary beyond what was laid out in his report about Russia's efforts to interfere in the election and documentation of Trump's possible efforts to obstruct the investigation. 

But Mueller said his office concluded that they could not bring charges against Trump as they investigated whether he obstructed justice, citing current Justice Department guidance which states that a sitting president can't be indicted.

Mueller also reiterated that while his report "does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

"After that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," Mueller said.

Amash received a standing ovation Tuesday evening at his Grand Rapids, Mich., town hall, his first public event since becoming the first Republican to say Trump had engaged in impeachable conduct. But he also faced criticism from some Trump supporters, including at least one constituent who had supported Amash in the past.

Pro-Trump state Rep. Jim Lower announced he would mount a GOP primary bid against Amash shortly after Amash said he believed Trump committed impeachable offenses.

Lower acknowledged to The Washington Post on Tuesday that he had not read the Mueller report but believed it ended questions about Trump's conduct.

Amash defended his position on the Mueller report during his town hall.

"If you have a society where all we care about is that the other side is bad, and therefore we don't have to do the right thing, that society will break down, and you will have no liberty," Amash said. "I refuse to be a part of that."

But Amash, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, so far has gone further on impeachment than House Democratic leaders. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (D-Calif.) remains opposed to pursuing impeachment, instead preferring for committees to continue their investigations.

Yet nearly three dozen Democrats, including House Judiciary Committee members, have come out in support of impeachment in recent days.

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDisney to lay off 28,000 employees Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response MORE (D-Fla.), a Judiciary Committee member, tweeted after Mueller's statement on Wednesday that "Congress must act."

"For him to go on television and repeat it adds new urgency, putting it front & center before Congress & the American people. He's asking us to do what he wasn't allowed to—hold the president accountable," Demings tweeted.

Updated at noon.