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On Saturday, Michigan Congressman Justin Amash became the first Republican in Congress to call for impeachment, or at the very least to say Donald Trump had "engaged in impeachable conduct." Amash, a hyperconservative libertarian and occasional Steve Carell impersonator, said in a Twitter thread he came to this conclusion after reading the entire redacted Mueller Report, which he said most members of Congress hadn't because they are lazy and partisan and probably criticize Ayn Rand without even reading her either.

While we aren't about to be sending his reelection campaign any contributions, it was nice to see a Tea Party Republican talking sense for once, at least for a moment.

Amash also came to the astonishing conclusion -- for a Republican, at least -- that Trump defense Attorney General William Barr had deliberately misled the public about the contents of the Mueller Report in the near month between its completion and its release, noting that Barr had fed Americans a load of carefully cultivated bullshit.


We do so like it when someone notices subtlety and logical fallacies! And when they notice subtle stuff like the fact that under the Constitution, impeachment "does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct." And by gosh, Amash found plenty of that in the Mueller Report:

Amash was only a corporate attorney for his family's business before entering politics, so he won't be signing that letter by a million prosecutors pointing out that anyone other than a president would already be indicted, but looks like he's done his homework. He went on to acknowledge that while impeachment is such a constitutional BFG 9000 that some worry it may get used too easily, the real risk, he says, is that "Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct."

Donald Trump was quick to proclaim Amash a dirty loser who's giving aid and comfort to the enemies of America:

And GOP chair Ronna "Please forget my uncle Mitt Romney" McDaniel said in a statement,

It's sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats' talking points on Russia [...] The only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of President Trump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible.

FACT CHECK: Amash only discussed the obstruction portion of the Mueller Report, though Crom knows the Russia part certainly indicated plenty of bad behavior and noted that Trumpworld obstruction made a full investigation impossible. So that's what you'd have to call one of those sleight-of-hand logical phalluses right there. Nicely done!

Thank goodness McDaniel's uncle Mitt came riding to the blandness, praising Amash for his "courageous statement" and immediately adding that gosh golly gee there's just nothing to be done, so sad:

Obstruction of justice? Look, the report only laid out all the instances where Trump and his minions had all the elements of such a case, and isn't it enough to say it's very distressing? MITT ROMNEY IS DISTRESSED, and you should all be happy with that.

Back home in Michigan, a Trump-humping state representative, Jim Lower, tweeted that he intends to primary Amash, to save America from Amash's scurrilous support for the rule of law:

So hooray to Justin Amash, we always like to provide positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. We hope he enjoys his cookie before he decides again to oppose federal aid for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, or votes against funding suicide prevention because the Constitution says we're all on our own.

And get ready for a replay of his 2014 reelection bid, when the fact that his family is of Arab Christian descent brings out the crazies, like when Devin Nunes called Amash "Al Qaeda's best friend in Congress." We figure the only reason Trump hasn't already started calling Amash "Ahab the Ay-rab" is that nobody has yet pointed out the guy's ethnicity. Trump probably figures "Amash" means he has a long beard, drives a horse and buggy, and doesn't use buttons.

[Justin Amash on Twitter / NYT / Politico]

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It was bound to happen. We're now watching Republican congressmen react to Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office and saying "RUSSIA IF YOU'RE LISTENING" during an interview with George Stephanopoulos, literally inviting hostile foreign powers to attack the 2020 election for him like Russia did in 2016. And if you thought there wouldn't be at least one of them to say the quiet part loud and state for the record that crime is good if it helps Republicans win, then you haven't been paying attention to the Republican party in quite a while.

Enter GOP Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, AKA the committee whose members really should know better, even the Republicans, but unfortunately they don't because A) they're idiots and B) they've been sucking at Devin Nunes's dairy cows' teats (ALLEGEDLY) for too long:

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