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 AmashThe Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Top Missouri newspaper condemns GOP's 'shameful silence' on Trump's 'racism' Amash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' MORE said on Sunday that he believes Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.) is making a mistake by not calling for impeachment proceedings to begin on President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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 TapperMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch The Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Jake Tapper on Trump's rhetoric: 'No more dog whistles, just naked racism' 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 MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.