Amash responds to Trump: 'It's not about the transcript of a call' 

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware House passes anti-robocall bill Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial MORE (I-Mich.) on Tuesday responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE shortly after House Democrats formally launched an impeachment inquiry against him, telling Trump that "it's not about the transcript of a call."

After House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans On The Money: Falling impeachment support raises pressure for Dems on trade | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Biden eyes minimum tax for corporations | Fed's top regulator under pressure over Dodd-Frank rules Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Virginia moves to suspend Medicaid work rules | Powerful House panel sets 'Medicare for All' hearing | Hospitals sue over Trump price rule | FDA official grilled on vaping policy MORE (D-Calif.) announced the launch of an impeachment inquiry, Trump tweeted his dismay, writing, “They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt.”


Amash, a frequent and outspoken Trump critic who left the GOP on July 4, quickly fired back.

“Don’t let President Trump or Republican officials distract you with a straw man,” Amash tweeted. “It’s about his continuing abuse of the office of the presidency.”

The latest back-and-forth between Trump and one of his staunchest conservative critics comes amid mounting scrutiny over reports of the president’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump reportedly pressured him to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans MORE and his son Hunter Biden over allegations of corruption.

The allegations prompted a flood of House Democrats to back opening an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Trump said Tuesday he had authorized a transcript of the call with Zelensky to be released. He also said he would release the whistleblower’s complaint that started the ordeal to Congress.

Amash previously called for impeaching Trump on the grounds that the president obstructed justice in his attempts to impede former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE’s investigation into Russia's election interference in 2016.

Amash was the first and only Republican lawmaker to call for impeaching Trump, prompting a feud with Trump and Amash’s eventual exit from the party.