The other day, we talked about the extraordinary development in Washington that saw Rep. Justin Amash’s own House Freedom Caucus vote to condemn his remarks about President Trump being ripe for impeachment. Well, it turns out that Amash has not only risked his identity as one of the most principled conservatives in the House but also his alliance with fellow libertarian lawmaker, Sen. Rand Paul. The Kentucky senator was appalled at Amash’s tweets, and he did not mince words when speaking to The Huffington Post on Wednesday.
“I actually think the libertarian position on the investigation is ― you know, libertarians, we’ve been very, very critical of the intelligence community having too much power, including Congressman Amash has said, you know, really you should have to get a warrant before you get an American’s records,” Paul said.
“This was an abuse of intelligence power consistent with what libertarians have been complaining about for a long time,” Paul said.
In other words, it makes zero sense to look at this investigation, look past the civil rights abuses inherent in its development, and then come to the conclusion that Trump should be impeached for “obstructing” it. He should be celebrated for whatever he did to impede this witch hunt. Congratulated and honored.
Amash’s “brave” stand against Trump may win him some fake friends in the Democratic Party and maybe even some guest spots on MSNBC, but it won’t help his political career. Sure, he might get together with Bill Kristol or somebody and mount a sad bid for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, but his career in the House looks dim. One Republican has already vowed to take him out in the primaries, and news came Wednesday that the DeVos family was cutting off their financial support for Amash.
“Family members have expressed increasing concerns about a lack of representation for their district, the Third Congressional, and I would say an inability to advance efforts connected to important policy matters,” said a spokesman for the family.
But we suppose that when the Democrats finally talk Nancy Pelosi into endorsing their impeachment strategy, Amash will be glad to cross the aisle and vote right alongside them. It won’t get any of them any closer to actually removing Trump from office, but we’re sure it’ll make them all feel very proud of themselves. Guess that counts for something.