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First-term Democrats push Amash as impeachment manager: report

A group of first-term Democrats are pushing to make former Republican Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Michigan GOP lawmaker says he's 'strongly considering' impeachment Newly sworn in Republican House member after Capitol riot: 'I regret not bringing my gun to D.C.' MORE (I-Mich.) an impeachment manager during the Senate trial of President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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 PhillipsCurator estimates Capitol art damage from mob totals K Architect of the Capitol considering display on Jan. 6 riot Rep. Phillips says he did not truly understand white privilege until the Capitol riot 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 PelosiRepublican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman What good are the intelligence committees? 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.