Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., doubled-down on his criticism of President Donald Trump, asserting it was the job of Congress to "not allow misconduct to go undeterred.
Facing a packed house in his home district in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a CNN-sponsored town hall, Amash — the only sitting Republican to openly say Trump engaged in impeachable conduct — said his position was the result of the Mueller report findings.
"I think it's really important that we do our job as Congress, that we would not allow misconduct to go undeterred, that we not just say, someone can violate the public trust and that there are no consequences to it," he said. "Mueller's report lays all of this out.
"We have a job to do, and I think we owe it to the American people to represent them to ensure that the people we have in office are doing the right thing, are of good character, aren't violating the public trust," he added.
Amash wrote a series of tweets Tuesday, expanding on his takeaways from the Mueller report.
"In truth, Mueller's report describes concerning contacts between members of Trump’s campaign and people in or connected to the Russian government," he tweeted.
And, at the town hall, he urged his constituents to read the second part of Mueller's report, which focuses on the evidence Trump obstructed justice.
"I'm confident that if you read Volume II, you will be appalled at much of the conduct," he said. "And I was appalled by it. And that's why I stated what I stated. That's why I came to that conclusion, because I think we can't go — we can't let conduct like that go unchecked. Congress has a duty to keep the president in check and it is a difficult process.
"For those who are worried about, you know, Congress intruding on the president's powers consistently, it is a difficult process to remove someone from office. It's not easy. So, no one's suggesting that just because you start some inquiry or process that a person's removed from office. Nonetheless, we have a job to do. And I think we owe it to the American people to represent them, to ensure that the people we have in office are doing the right thing, are of good character, aren't violating the public trust."
Things got heated at one point of the town hall, with one Trump supporter charged that he was voted in office as a Republican, but was standing with Democrats on the Mueller report.
"I haven't changed, I am a principled, constitutional conservative," Amash asserted.
According to Politico, Amash's talk was well received, with one constituent thanking Amash for his courage, and some audience members giving him a standing ovation.
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