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

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall 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 TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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 PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' MORE (D-Calif.) indicated Thursday are imminent.