Amash: Some retiring GOP lawmakers may reenter politics once Trump is gone

Independent Michigan Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGroup of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump MORE speculated Tuesday that some retiring Republican lawmakers may seek office again once President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE leaves office.

Amash, theorizing that numerous White House officials who have defended President Trump’s call to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN’s Erin Burnett they “feel trapped in that position.” 

“I hear that from my colleagues on the House floor” he added.

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“They wish they weren’t doing this, and frankly I think a lot of the retirements that we hear about as well are just trying to ride out this president and they might think of coming back into public office later on, once this president’s gone,” Amash said.

Fourteen Republicans have announced they will not seek reelection in 2020, including Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyJuan Williams: Trump has nothing left but smears On The Money: Trump seeks to shift spotlight from impeachment to economy | Appropriators agree to Dec. 20 funding deadline | New study says tariffs threaten 1.5M jobs Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR MORE (R-Wis.), who resigned in late September to care for his newborn child who has complex medical needs, and Rep. Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerControversy on phone records intensifies amid impeachment Judiciary hearing gets heated as Democratic counsel interrogates GOP staffer Doug Collins wants hearing with GOP witnesses before articles of impeachment MORE (R-Wis.), the second most senior member of the House, who has served since 1978.

Amash, the co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, said in June that 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 report convinced him Trump has committed impeachable offenses, making him the only congressional Republican to endorse impeachment before he formally left the party and the caucus in July.