On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio from Trump’s Rally tonight firing back at Justin Amash)
Capitol Hill – That was President Donald Trump answering a reporter’s question about Michigan Republican Representative Justin Amash’s call for the president’s impeachment. Amash began the firestorm when he tweeted,
“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.”
His list of four falsehoods are:
- They say there were no underlying crimes.
- They say obstruction of justice requires an underlying crime.
- They imply the president should be permitted to use any means to end what he claims to be a frivolous investigation, no matter how unreasonable his claim.
- They imply “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” requires charges of a statutory crime or misdemeanor.
Although the Independent Voter Network called Amash the “coolest member of Congress” in 2012, Amash’s declaration for Trump’s impeachment has earned him a Republican primary challenge from Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower.
Of Amash’s push for impeachment, Lower tweets:
This cannot go unchallenged! I support @realDonaldTrump, I support West Michigan values, I support our party’s values and I will have a major announcement regarding MI CD3 this week!
MI CD3 is Michigan’s Congressional District Number 3.
Looking forward, the full Senate is expected to be briefed today on the situation on Iran.
Former White House Counsel, Don McGahn, was scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, but the White House has ordered him not to appear.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill