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GOP lawmaker calls for Amash to leave Republican Conference

Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerNorth Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump Madison Cawthorn throws support behind Mark Walker in NC Senate primary Democrat Jeff Jackson jumps into North Carolina Senate race MORE (R-N.C.) called on Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Michigan GOP lawmaker says he's 'strongly considering' impeachment Newly sworn in Republican House member after Capitol riot: 'I regret not bringing my gun to D.C.' MORE (Mich.) to leave the House Republican Conference after he announced Thursday he is leaving the GOP. 

“Amash left the @freedomcaucus now he’s leaving the @GOP. The @HouseGOP never left @justinamash - we simply ran out of space for his ego. However, we should make sure he leaves Conference and his committee,” Walker, who is the Republican Conference vice chair, tweeted. 

Walker is the first member of GOP House leadership to call on Amash to leave the conference. However, the Michigan libertarian has become a pariah within the party since his May announcement that he thought the House should begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE after the Mueller report’s release. 

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Amash left the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which he co-founded, and has not ruled out running against Trump in the 2020 presidential race. 

In a July 4 op-ed, he declared his “independence” from the GOP, saying that he's become "disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it" and that "the two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions."

"Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party," Amash wrote. "No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it." 

Trump slammed Amash over the defection, saying the news marked “Great news for the Republican Party” and that Amash is a "total loser!” 

Amash’s opposition to the White House has earned him a primary challenger for his House seat, with a June poll showing him trailing his little-known challenger Jim Lowe by 16 points.