Amash says Pelosi is making a 'moral' and 'strategic' mistake on impeachment

Amash says Pelosi is making a 'moral' and 'strategic' mistake on impeachment
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Newly independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash: 'Bolton never should have been hired' Romney: Bolton firing 'a huge loss' for nation Amash says Sanford presidential bid won't impact decision on whether he runs in 2020 MORE said on Sunday that he believes Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Calif.) is making a mistake by not calling for impeachment proceedings to begin on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE

"From a principled, moral position she is making a mistake. From a strategic position, she’s making a mistake," Amash told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October Saagar Enjeti rips Harris over response to questioner's mental disability remark Pompeo says canceled Taliban meeting was attempt at peace, Democrats attack 'bizarre' plan MORE Sunday on "State of the Union." 

Amash, who announced he is leaving the GOP last Thursday, had been the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings. 


Despite a growing number of Democrats calling for impeachment after the allegations of obstruction of justice against Trump outlined in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's report, Pelosi has maintained she will not begin proceedings at the moment. 

"I do believe there's a strong case, I believe she believes there is a strong case...if so move forward," Amash said on Sunday. 

The Hill reached out to Pelosi's office for comment. 

Amash also said most of the public likely hasn't read the more than 400-page-long Mueller report, and expect their representatives to do so. 

He told Tapper, however, he believes probably less than 15 percent of Congress – Republicans and Democrats– have read it. 

"I think a large number of them would reach the same conclusion, some would reach different conclusions," Amash said on how Republicans would react after reading the report.

"Look at the evidence presented. I think anyone would be indicted for that conduct, anyone that's not the president of the United States," he said. 

Although he was the only Republican to publicly support impeachment, Amash said members of his former party privately expressed agreement. 

Amash said Republicans in Congress and "high-level officials," without naming names, thanked him after he said impeachment proceedings should being. 

Many did so again after he announced he was leaving the party, he said.