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

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' MORE (I-Mich.) on Tuesday responded to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement 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 PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris 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 BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.