Amash: Democrats missed opportunity in hearing to 'persuade people' on Trump impeachment

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOn The Trail: How Nancy Pelosi could improbably become president History is on Edward Snowden's side: Now it's time to give him a full pardon Trump says he's considering Snowden pardon MORE (I-Mich.) knocked Democrats in the House for their handling of the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Thursday, claiming that lawmakers failed to adequately question a witness called by Republicans.

Amash tweeted Thursday that Democrats failed to capitalize on the testimony of George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, an expert witness who Amash said frequently and incorrectly conflated the House and Senate procedures for impeachment during his testimony.

"Democrats made a strategic error in not engaging more with Turley. They need to persuade people in the middle and missed an opportunity by spending most of their time questioning their experts rather than Turley, whose testimony was potentially most damaging to President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE," Amash tweeted.


"When making historical comparisons or discussing standards of proof, Prof. Turley, like Judiciary Republicans, consistently conflates impeachment in the House and trial in the Senate. The House simply *charges* impeachable offenses, and there’s clearly probable cause for charges," he added.

Amash, formerly a Republican, left the party earlier this year over his disagreements with President Trump and other Republicans over the president's behavior, which Amash has said crosses the line into impeachable conduct.

The Michigan congressman remains the only current or former House Republican currently serving to endorse articles of impeachment against the president, which Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.) indicated Thursday are imminent.