Amash hits Trump and his allies: They are 'trying to excuse' his obstruction efforts

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria pullout Grand Rapids synagogue targeted with anti-Semitic posters on its door MORE (R-Mich.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE and his allies on Friday, asserting they are "trying to excuse" the president’s efforts to potentially obstruct special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE’s investigation.

Amash, who last month became the only Republican to call for Trump's impeachment, said in a lengthy Twitter thread that "with Mueller’s report now out, the White House no longer has anything positive to say about Mueller and his team."

“The president and his allies are instead trying to excuse Trump’s efforts to obstruct the entire investigation into Russian election interference by alleging problems with elements of it and claiming, without basis, that they undermine Mueller’s obstruction analysis," Amash wrote.

The Michigan Republican, a vocal Trump critic, took particular aim at Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrMulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump Matthew Shepard's parents blast Barr's LGBTQ record in anniversary of hate crime law MORE for initially saying Mueller had cleared Trump on the topic of obstruction before the special counsel's report had been released.

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Mueller later maintained that he could not reach a prosecutorial decision on the issue, citing Justice Department guidelines saying a sitting president cannot be indicted. He said instead that Congress has authority to conduct obstruction probes.

Trump had initially reacted positively to the Mueller report after Barr’s announcement characterizing the special counsel's findings, though the president was quick to condemn Mueller once his report was actually released.

Amash noted in his thread Friday that "Mueller’s report is damning for the president" and maintained that "[i]f Barr’s letter had accurately reflected the report, the White House would not have reacted positively."

Since the report’s release, Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have gone on the offensive against Mueller in an attempt to cast him and his team as conflicted and questioning his ability to be an objective investigator.

Mueller cited 10 “episodes” of times Trump may have obstructed probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election but declined to bring charges against him. Still, he maintained at a press conference last month that his report did not exonerate the president.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.” 

Amash has emerged as one of the most vocal Republican critics of Trump, raising eyebrows last month when he said he believed the president engaged in “impeachable conduct,” citing several examples Mueller laid out in his report of potentially obstructive behavior.

Amash’s criticism has made him a virtual pariah within the GOP. Though he says some Republicans privately sympathize with his comments, the conservative House Freedom Caucus, of which Amash is a member, voted last month to condemn his remarks and Trump called him a “loser" and "total lightweight."