Amash's Impeachment Tweets Bring Praise From Dems And A Pro-Trump Primary Challenger

Over the weekend, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash became the first Republican to suggest President Donald Trump should be impeached with a series of tweets that were quickly denounced by the president and top GOP leaders.

While some skeptics question the significance of the tweets from a single Republican known for his contrarian views and longstanding opposition to Trump, others have enthusiastically embraced Amash's argument as a "watershed moment" in the national debate over impeachment.

In about a dozen tweets, Amash argued that the Mueller report revealed that the president engaged in "specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment," including obstruction of justice and "careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct."

After backlash from the right and praise from the left, Amash returned to Twitter Monday afternoon to defend his position that the president can be impeached for alleged "high crimes and misdemeanors" and violating the public trust.

The Republican Party's initial reaction to Amash was swift and severe.

President Trump took to Twitter to call Amash a "total lightweight" and a "loser who sadly plays right into our opponents [sic] hands!" Trump sniped at the five-term congressman arguing he regularly opposes his administration's policies "just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy."

Despite the attention given to Amash's tweets, the lone congressman will not have a meaningful impact on the broader debate, according to Republican strategist Ford O'Connell.

"It's not the tipping point in the impeachment debate. It's fools gold," he said. The main reason Amash's calls lack traction, he argued, is because of the president's strong base of support among Republicans. "There's not a crack in the dam in terms of support for Trump," O'Connell said.

Since taking office, President Trump has rarely dipped below 75% support among members of his own party. Trump's approval among Republicans hit a historic high of 91% in April after Mueller ended his investigation and found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia and announced he would not pursue obstruction of justice charges against the president.

"Amash may wind up endangering himself back home in his own primary while he seeks a greater spotlight," O'Connell noted. "This is all about Amash and his quest for media attention which it appears he wants to parlay into a 2020 libertarian bid."

Read more from Leandra Bernstein at NBC25News

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