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Amash greeted with a standing ovation at Michigan town hall (CNN link): Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan may have been prepared to deal with critics at his first town hall since publicly stating earlier this month that President Donald Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct, but instead he got a standing ovation Tuesday.
During the town hall, which went on for two hours, an hour longer than planned, Amash defended his conservative credentials -- "I'm who I said I was. I'm a principled, constitutional conservative" -- and once again brushed off a new primary challenge from Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower. "I am not concerned about it," Amash told the crowd, adding: "And in any case, you should always do what's right."
"Clearly, things that violate the public trust are impeachable," Amash said Tuesday, drawing applause. "I think it's really important that we do our job as Congress. That we would not allow misconduct to go undeterred."
He has not signed on to any existing / impeachment resolutions, but said Tuesday that it would be appropriate for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move ahead with an impeachment inquiry.
"We have a job to do, and I think we owe it to the American people to represent them to ensure that the people we have in office are doing the right thing, are of good character, aren't violating the public trust." Hours before the town hall, Amash had put out a series of 25 tweets expanding on his takeaways from the Mueller report, which explored Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Amash singled out Attorney General William Barr for his handling of the report, arguing that Barr had misrepresented Mueller's findings, including in testimony before Congress. "Barr has so far successfully used his position to sell the President's false narrative to the American people. This will continue if those who have read the report do not start pushing back on his misrepresentations and share the truth," Amash tweeted.