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Justin Amash confirms collusion witch hunt was all about politics

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Illegal as it was....

"Never a fan of Justin Amash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy!" Trump​



Justin Amash confirms collusion witch hunt was all about politics
BY MIKE HUCKABEE, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 05/22/19 04:00 PM EDT

Representative Justin Amash has proven what President Trump has been saying all along about the Russia collusion witch hunt, which is that it is nothing but a politically motivated hit job. The Michigan Republican sent out plenty of ranting tweets over the weekend in which he parroted the talking points of the Democratic Party, particularly its slander campaign against Attorney General William Barr. Amash also insisted that President Trump has “engaged in impeachable conduct,” though he conspicuously neglected to explicitly call for any impeachment proceedings to begin.

Naturally, the mainstream media pounced on the opportunity to publish headlines crowing that Amash just became the “first Republican” to claim that the conduct of Trump meets the threshold for impeachment. Buried beneath those jubilant headlines, however, some outlets conceded that even Democratic leaders do not expect his defection to make much of a difference. It appears Amash is trying to wrestle Senator Mitt Romney for the role of Senator Jeff Flake and be named most likely to sit down with the “Morning Joe” gang and cry over how Trump has hurt his feelings.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, for instance, noted that impeachment still has no chance with Senate Republicans, as even Romney asserted that Amash had gone too far in his tweet storm. Schiff did patronizingly praise Amash for his “courage” albeit in much the same way that liberals had used to praise the late Senator John McCain for his “courage” every time he defied his own party. Schiff was not saying that Amash had earned his respect in any way. The California Democrat is merely pleased that Amash is helping him do his partisan dirty work.

Amash was not demonstrating “courage” by attacking Trump any more than Senator Bernie Sanders had demonstrated “courage” by attacking Hillary Clinton when he was competing with her for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. The tweets were nothing more than a calculated move by a shrewd professional politician with aspirations to higher office and a lingering resentment against Trump.

Amash, who has been serving in Congress for nearly a decade since riding the Tea Party wave to the House in 2010, has been a consistent skeptic of the “America First” agenda of Trump, coming up with nitpicky reasons to oppose numerous conservative measures that he claims to support, such as completing the Keystone Pipeline and defending Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the liberal demands to abolish the agency.

Amash was notably one of just 13 House Republicans to vote in favor of a resolution to block Trump from declaring a national emergency in order to reallocate funds for border security. Amash, whose reelection prospects remain uncertain because Michigan will redraw its districts ahead of the 2020 election, has even refused to rule out the possibility that he will run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, suggesting that his obvious break with the Republican Party is simply part of a broader strategy to build his personal brand and to shore up his future political prospects.

Unfortunately, as Trump pointed out in a defiant tweet of his own, Amash “plays right into” the hands of Republican opponents, just like he did with obstructionist votes against conservative policy priorities. Amash tried to preempt criticism of his political calculations by accusing Republicans of being overly partisan, but his record as a “useful idiot” of the Democrats in Congress ever since Trump was elected makes it clear that he has already abandoned the Republicans in all but name. Like the Democrats who are pushing for impeachment because they know they cannot defeat Trump at the ballot box, Amash is now blatantly seizing on the discredited Russia collusion narrative in the hopes of advancing his own political ambitions.

Mike Huckabee served as the 44th governor of Arkansas and ran as a 2016 Republican candidate for president. He is the host of “Huckabee” on Trinity Broadcasting Network. You can follow him on Twitter @GovMikeHuckabee.
 

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As a card-carrying Libertarian for 38 stinkin ' years, I can say that Amash is a Libertarian in elephant's clothing.

I don't agree with him at all on the issue of impeachment. I think he brought it up so he can use it as an excuse to leave the Republican Party and run for president as a Libertarian in 2020.

I don't know if this strategy will work, but good luck Justin.
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That strategy will not work.

As a card-carrying Libertarian for 38 stinkin ' years, I can say that Amash is a Libertarian in elephant's clothing.

I don't agree with him at all on the issue of impeachment. I think he brought it up so he can use it as an excuse to leave the Republican Party and run for president as a Libertarian in 2020.

I don't know if this strategy will work, but good luck Justin.
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May 28, 2019
Justin Amash, a threat to Trump 2020?
By Peter Skurkiss

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) made a news splash by being the only Republican in Congress to call for the impeachment of the president. This will not be the last we hear from him.

Amash says he's a libertarian as opposed to being a libertarian-leaning Republican. Contrast him to Rand Paul, who has principle and can still work with the president on a host of issues. Not Amash. He never supported President Trump, according to House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Why would Amash jeopardize his political career by being a Republican outlier in a district that went heavily for Trump in 2016? Amash says it is a matter of principle. Maybe, but there are also political calculations involved.

There's the matter of redistricting. Michigan has 14 House seats and will likely lose one when new district maps are drawn after the 2020 census. Most observers think Amash's district will be redrawn to make it hard for him to win re-election. And Amash has already drawn a Trump-supporting primary challenger for 2020. Finally, Amash's donor base is drying up.

Amash is of Palestinian and Syrian decent. This could be an unstated reason why he vehemently opposes a pro-Israel president. Then there are Amash's business dealings. He receives from $100,000 to a million dollars a year from his ownership in a company that manufactures in China and exports back into the U.S. Given this, Amash cannot personally look favorably on Trump criticizing such outsourcing behavior and working to stop it.

Amash's future in the GOP and by extension Congress diminishes by the day. He may jump to the Libertarian Party, where a concerted effort is being made by the party leadership to recruit him for 2020.

Libertarian Party chairman Nicholas Sarwark is not alone in his enthusiasm to have Amash come aboard. Bill Kristol of the failed Weekly Standard and David French of National Review are filled with joy at such a prospect. French tweeted, "If Trump is the GOP nominee, I'd vote for Amash as the LP nominee in a heartbeat." No doubt he would.

One of the main reasons the Libertarians are courting Amash is the complete lack of gravitas among those who have thus far declared for the party's nomination. Should Amash be the L.P. candidate, it's not inconceivable that the anti-Trump Koch brothers will support him with sizable donations for his campaign. Recall that David H. Koch was the Libertarian vice presidential candidate in 1980.

Right now, the political winds are blowing in Trump's favor. But in politics, nothing can be taken for granted. In Michigan, Trump beat Hillary Clinton by a mere 11,000 votes in 2016. The danger is that Amash on the ballot could tip that critical state to the Democrat in 2020. Remember, Gary Johnson received 9.3 percent of the vote in his home state of New Mexico running as the Libertarian standard-bearer in 2016. So could Amash play the role of spoiler against Trump in his home state of Michigan? Probably not, but that's the hope of the Libertarians and the #NeverTrumpers.

In any case, Amash is a latent threat who should not be ignored.
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Amash is simply playing both sides until Michigan figures out what the redistricting will look like. Then Amash will test the political winds and decide whether he will be a conservative or a liberal.

The guy has been in Congress for 10 years. Long enough to have reaped the benefits of such - and now that he is addicted to the power/prestige of the office - he wants to stick around...

Typical politician...
 

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Trump-Bashing Republican Justin Amash Steps Down from Freedom Caucus After Discussion withe Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan

Trump-hating Republican Lawmaker stepped down from the Freedom Caucus on Monday night.

This comes after weeks of the Michigan Republican trashing the US president and calling for his impeachment.
He is the lone voice in the Republican party (so far) to call for Trump’s removal over the junk Mueller witch hunt.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/06/breaking-trump-hater-justin-amash-steps-down-from-freedom-caucus/