Amash: Public views on impeachment 'will really depend' on what Mueller says

Amash: Public views on impeachment 'will really depend' on what Mueller says
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware House passes anti-robocall bill Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial MORE (R-Mich.) said Wednesday that the public's view on impeachment “will really depend” on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE’s congressional testimony scheduled for next month.

Amash, the sole House Republican to endorse an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE, weighed in on news that Mueller is set to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17.

While Mueller previously resisted testifying, saying his 448-page report detailed everything he wished to say, Amash said Mueller must go beyond the findings in the report.

"I want to hear him tell the story to the American people," Amash said Wednesday, according to CNN.


As to whether Mueller’s testimony will affect the public and Congress’s position on impeachment, Amash said, “It will really depend on what he says.”

The comment came the same day Amash broke with his fellow Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee to vote to authorize a subpoena for White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway calls out Melania Trump after she criticizes impeachment witness: 'You're amplifying what was a nothingburger reference' Trump: Democrats' impeachment 'performance' is 'unpatriotic' George Conway quote-tweets Kellyanne Conway on Trump, Biden, Ukraine MORE over allegations she repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"With respect to the vote, the point is not whether she is violating the Hatch Act or not, it is whether she should comply with the subpoena," Amash told reporters Wednesday.

Amash’s frequent criticism of Trump has led to a primary challenge from state Rep. Jim Lower (R), who led Amash by double digits in a poll conducted earlier this month by MIRS News. Trump is reportedly considering publicly backing Lower in the primary.

Updated: 5:09 p.m.