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GOP congressman calls for Trump's impeachment

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USA Today, Washington  :
In a series of tweets Saturday afternoon, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., came out in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump, making Amash the first Republican member of Congress to do so.
Amash, who represents Grand Rapids, Michigan, wrote that "President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct" regarding obstruction of justice.
The five-term lawmaker read the entire redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and then delivered his thoughts. The release of Mueller's report has provoked debate over impeachment because it did not take a stance on whether Trump or his associates obstructed justice, instead laying out instances in which they potentially obstructed justice.  
Amash started his Twitter thread by accusing Attorney General William Barr of distorting the report's conclusions, writing: "In comparing Barr's principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller's report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's analysis and findings."
Amash went on to explain that Mueller's finding showed that Trump's actions during the investigation constituted obstruction of justice and would "meet the threshold for impeachment."
"In fact, Mueller's report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence," Amash wrote.
And in Amash's view, impeachment does not require that a crime has been committed. Instead, "it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct."
He concluded by criticizing partisanship in Congress and the effect that it has had on the body.
"Few members of Congress even read Mueller's report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation-and it showed," he wrote.

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