Amash resigns from House GOP conference, Oversight panel  

Amash resigns from House GOP conference, Oversight panel  
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Amash rips Trump over move to send troops from Syria to Iraq Amash: Clinton's attack on Gabbard will 'drive many people into the arms' of Trump MORE (Mich.) officially submitted his letter to leave the House Republican Conference on Monday, losing his committee assignment as a result.

“Today, I sent the attached letter to Republican leaders as formal notification that I am withdrawing my membership in the House Republican Conference and, consistent with House rules, resigning from the Committee on Oversight and Reform,” he tweeted. 

In the letter addressed to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment MORE (R-Calif.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Republicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death House Foreign Affairs leaders introduce Turkey sanctions bill MORE (R-Wyo.), Amash wrote, "Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am withdrawing my membership in the House Republican Conference, effective immediately, for the reasons outlined in my accompanying op-ed."

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"Consistent with Clause 5(b) of Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, I also am resigning from the Committee on Oversight and Reform," he added.

Congressional rules make sitting on a standing committee contingent on being a member of a party and being nominated by the party to serve on the panel.

Amash has been inching away from the Republican Party, ripping President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE and calling for his impeachment.

In a July 4 op-ed in The Washington Post, he announced his “independence” from the party.