Graham: No one will follow Amash's lead on impeachment

Graham: No one will follow Amash's lead on impeachment
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Energy: Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict Senate GOP faces post-Trump spending brawl MORE (R-S.C.) predicted on Tuesday that Republicans won't follow Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE's (R-Mich.) lead on impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE, noting that Democrats who supported impeaching President Clinton weren't "held as heroes."

Asked how important he thought it was that the House Freedom Caucus member was saying special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's report described Trump as engaging in "impeachable conduct," Graham fired back: "Zero."

"I don't think anybody is going to follow his lead. I don't think there's going to a stampede based on what Amash says," Graham told reporters outside of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

"He made his decision. He's going to have to live with it. But I don't think it's going to be a trendsetting move by any means," Graham added of Amash.


Amash has come under heavy criticism by Republicans for a tweet this weekend in which he said he had read the report on Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign and subsequently believed Trump had engaged in "impeachable conduct."

Trump fired back at Amash over the weekend, calling him a "loser."

"How do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side?" Trump tweeted Sunday. "Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!"

But Amash has doubled down in the wake of criticism from Trump and other GOP colleagues, outlining why he thinks Trump can be impeached for obstruction of justice. 

"People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods," Amash tweeted.

Amash's battle with Trump has sparked backlash from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, with the body voting Monday night to condemn Amash's call for impeachment.