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 AmashPeter Meijer wins GOP primary in Amash's Michigan district Amash confirms he won't seek reelection Democrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle MORE said on Sunday that he believes Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet New postmaster general overhauls USPS leadership amid probe into mail delays MORE (D-Calif.) is making a mistake by not calling for impeachment proceedings to begin on President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet 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 TapperJuan Williams: Keep the spotlight on Trump's COVID failure Chicago mayor: We can't let federal officials 'play police' in our city Coronavirus testing czar: Nobody on task force 'afraid to bring up anything' to Trump 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. 

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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) 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'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.