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 AmashAmash says he will vote in favor of articles of impeachment House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan MORE (I-Mich.) on Wednesday ripped his former GOP colleagues, telling an elevator full of reporters and Republican lawmakers that allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 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 SondlandSchiff: Impeachment testimony shows Trump 'doesn't give a shit' about what's good for the country The Memo: Will impeachment hurt Democrats or Trump? Trump vs. 130 years of civil service MORE testified before the House Intelligence Committee.


“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 BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations 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.