First-term Democrats push Amash as impeachment manager: report

A group of first-term Democrats are pushing to make former Republican 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.) an impeachment manager during the Senate trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

The group consisting of about 30 freshman Democrats wants Amash on the team to argue the case to remove Trump from the White House. These Democrats are asking for Amash because he could speak more effectively to conservative voters and it could reduce GOP claims that Democrats are seeking a partisan impeachment, according to the Post. 

Rep. Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' US Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips wins primary MORE (D-Minn.) is leading the group requesting House leaders consider the libertarian for the job after having an “epiphany” Friday night.

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“To the extent that this can be bipartisan, it should, and I think including Representative Amash amongst the impeachment managers is a smart move both for the country, for the substance and for the optics,” Phillips said, according to the Post.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally CDC causes new storm by pulling coronavirus guidance Overnight Health Care: CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus | Government watchdog finds supply shortages are harming US response | As virus pummels US, Europe sees its own spike MORE (D-Calif.) would have the ultimate say as to whether Amash makes the team. She is set to make an announcement expected early this week, Democrats told the Post. Phillips said Amash told him he would consider becoming an impeachment manager.

Amash’s appointment would be unconventional as he is not on the House Intelligence or Judiciary committees. But because all of the past impeachments have been bipartisan, these Democrats think this is the right move.

“There couldn’t be anyone perhaps in the entire U.S. House . . . whose general political views are as polar opposite from many of us in the Democratic Caucus, and that’s what makes it such a powerful statement: that on the issue of our responsibility to our Constitution, we are perfectly aligned,” Phillips told the Post.

The Hill reached out to the offices of Phillips, Amash and Pelosi for comment.

The House Judiciary Committee moved the impeachment vote to the House floor, which is expected this week. If the House approves, the president will be on trial in the Senate.