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Editorial: Rep. Amash Isn't an Honest Broker

On Twitter, Representative Justin Amash (R-Michigan) wrote that "President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment," becoming the first Republican incumbent to call for Trump's impeachment.

Justin Amash

Amash's commentary temporarily replaced the abortion debate as the weekend's cause célèbre, spurring a glut of Twitter comments. One user, identifying with the anti-Trump Resistance movement, wrote to Amash: "Thank you for your courage and decency, we need it so badly!"

Much to the contrary, no "courage" or "decency" has been exhibited by Amash. Despite the attention that his tweets attracted, his calls for impeachment are mired by his ambition and his commentary should be taken with a large nugget of salt.

Amash is considering a run for the Oval Office on the 2020 Libertarian ticket, which would almost certainly split the conservative vote and elect a Democrat president. True to form for a prospective candidate, Amash recently said that "it is important that we have someone in there who is presenting a vision for America that is different from what these two parties are presenting."

The question is not whether Amash's calls for impeachment should be taken seriously, but instead whether his statement was motivated by naked ambition. We doubt the authenticity of Amash's objectives and encourage Republicans to stay united ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

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