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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 AmashIncoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing 'Democrat tyrannical control' Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Romney congratulates Biden after victory 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 TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit 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 SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland 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 BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' 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.