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Michigan Rep. Immediately Draws Primary Challenger After Mentioning Impeachment

Justin Amash has not faced a primary challenger since 2014, but he will again in 2020 after tweeting that he believes President Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct.”

By NTK Staff | 05.20.2019 @11:00am
Michigan Rep. Immediately Draws Primary Challenger After Mentioning Impeachment

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) will face his first primary challenge in nearly six years after he tweeted Saturday that he believes President Donald Trump should be impeached. The challenger emerged less than 48 hours after Amash laid out what he called his “principal conclusions” from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

State Rep. Jim Lower announced Monday morning that he planned to run for the Republican nomination in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, the seat Amash has occupied since 2011.

Lower said he had been planning to run for some time and had expected to make an announcement closer to July 4. But he said he decided to move up that schedule after Amash said on Twitter on Saturday that after reading Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report he believes the president committed impeachable offenses.

Lower described himself as a “pro-Trump” Republican and harshly criticized Amash’s tweets.

“Congressman Justin Amash tweets yesterday calling for President Trump’s impeachment show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents,” Lower said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”

In a 13-tweet spree on Saturday, Amash wrote that he believed Mueller’s report showed that Trump “engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.”

Trump responded on Sunday, calling 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.” He added that the Mueller report indicated that his campaign did not collude with the Russians in 2016.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, who is also from Michigan, blasted Amash with a tweet as well:

“Voters in Amash’s district strongly support this President, and would rather their Congressman work to support the President’s policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans,” she added in a follow up tweet.

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