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Amash: GOP acts like 'we're all stupid' over impeachment hearings

Amash: GOP acts like 'we're all stupid' over impeachment hearings
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE (I-Mich.) on Wednesday ripped his former GOP colleagues, telling an elevator full of reporters and Republican lawmakers that allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE are acting as if Americans are "stupid."

Amash reportedly told HuffPost while in a House elevator filled with Republicans that the president's allies in the House "talk about it like we’re all stupid," referring to the impeachment process after U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandAmerica's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke Graham's 'impeach Kamala' drumbeat will lead Republicans to a 2022 defeat GOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' MORE testified before the House Intelligence Committee.

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“Sondland testified to a quid pro quo. He testified to significant details and facts. He testified that he thought it was wrong. So the inference is obvious that the president was withholding security assistance," Amash said, referring to the White House's decision to withhold security assistance to Ukraine while the president pushed the country's leader to open a criminal investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE.

"They talk about it like we’re all stupid, like we can’t see what’s going on," Amash said, adding, "If this were any grand jury proceeding, it would be obvious to everyone."

Amash, who left the Republican Party earlier this year over its support for Trump, has emerged as a vocal supporter of the House impeachment inquiry even as his former colleagues have argued that the process is unfair and an illegitimate attempt to overturn the 2016 election.

Democrats and Amash have argued for months that the president's efforts in Ukraine amounted to an attempt to solicit foreign interference in a U.S. election as well as an abuse of power.