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Rep. Justin Amash, former Republican, speaks in favor of the prosecution: Trump needs ‘abused and violated the public trust’
Rep. Justin Amash, I-Me., the left the Republican party earlier this year, citing “disenchant[ment] with party policy,” speech in support of the impeachment of President Trump Wednesday.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Amash gave the floor during a House session on the impeachment articles and the Michigan legislature went on to cite the Federalist Papers and the Constitution to demand Trump committed the “high crime and misdemeanor” described.
Amash said he supports the impeachment, not because of partisanship, but because, in his view, Trump lens has abused his office.
“I come to the floor not as a Democrat, not as Republicans, but as Americans, care deeply about the Constitution, the said rule of law and the rights of the people,” Amash.
“In our system of government, which is not impeachment over political differences or ineffective government leadership, nor is it based on the crime laws, which is not at the time our Constitution was written.”
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He said that, instead, impeachment is about preserving the “integrity of the office of the presidency”, and ensuring that presidential power is properly and legally is.
“The Constitution describes such behaviour as a high crime and misdemeanor, because it is continued in a high office, and it refers to the abuse of this office,” Amash.
He quoted Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Paper 65, notes that Hamilton defined “high crimes and misdemeanors” as offenses related to misconduct of public officials, in violation of the public trust.
“President Donald J. Trump has abused and violated the public trust by using his office to solicit the help of a stranger,” Amash claims. “Not for the benefit of the United States of America, but for his personal and political gain.”
The Michigan legislature closed by claiming that Trump’s actions in relation to Ukraine were precisely the offences, the Hamilton had warned.
“It is our duty to prosecute him,” he said.
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Amash, a libertarian and a critic of the President, Trump announced in July on The Washington Post op-ed that he will leave the GOP.
In the column, he said, he had once run as a Republican due to the GOP belief in limited government, economic freedom and individual freedom.
“In the last few years, though, I got disappointed with the party policy, and frightened by what I see,” he said in the op-ed. “The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.”
To responded of the time, Trump shot with a farewell to the legislature on Twitter:
“[O]ne of the dumbest & most of the unfaithful men on the Congress ‘quit’ the party,” the President joked, later calling Amash a “loser.”
Just before yielding the floor to Amash, the ship responded to the Republicans, the criticism of the impeachment process as “Star Chamber.”
“My Democratic colleagues claimed that the Russians influenced the result of the election in 2016-but based on your corrupt impeachment proceedings, my colleagues appears to have been influenced, such as Russia, Gary Palmer, R leads a political studies”, Rep.-Ala., had noticed. “No real evidence, no crime, no due process and no right.”
“The repetition of a lie does not make it true,” the ship responded.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.