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Amash LEAVES Freedom Caucus After Calling for Trump Impeachment

Michigan Congressman Justin Amasn (R) announced last night he was leaving the conservative House Freedom Caucus after calling for President Trump’s impeachment.

Last month, Amash drew criticism from his fellow party members after he argued that the president engaged in “impeachable conduct” and claimed that Attorney General William Barr “deliberately misrepresented” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

The embattled lawmaker was subsequently rebuked by Freedom Caucus members, who voted unanimously on May 21 to condemn him for his comments.

Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) told reporters, “Justin Amash’s conclusions are poorly informed and fatally flawed and don’t represent the views of any of the Freedom Caucus members that I’m aware of.”

Last night, Amash told CNN reporter Haley Byrd on his decision to leave the group, “I have the highest regard for them, and they’re my close friends. I didn’t want to be a further distraction for the group.”

Soon after his controversial remarks, conservative Michigan State Representative Jim Lower announced he would run as a primary challenger to Amash.

In a statement, Lower said, “I am a Pro-Trump, Pro-Life, Pro-Jobs, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Family Values Republican. Amash has not only failed to support President Trump as the President works to make the United States stronger and safer, he has now united with radical liberals like Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) to try and bring down our President. He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”

Freedom Caucus Unanimously Votes to Condemn Amash for Impeachment Comments

The House Freedom Caucus officially condemned its member, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) yesterday after the Congressman called for President Trump’s impeachment.

The Hill reports that Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, “We had a good discussion and every single member, I think now based on who was there and our board meeting was probably over 30 members, every single member disagrees and strongly with the position Justin took over the week, and we’re focused on the now,” he said.

“I mean, look, we’re focused on the fact that what the FBI did was wrong. We think that [Attorney General William] Barr’s handled himself exactly the way the American people want the attorney general to handle themselves, and he’s going to get to bottom of all this.”

Over the weekend, Amash tweeted his support for President Trump’s impeachment, writing:

Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.

Pro-Trump Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower was quick to criticize Amash and announced he would challenge the congressman in the 2020 primary.

WWMT reports that Lower released a statement saying, “I am a Pro-Trump, Pro-Life, Pro-Jobs, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Family Values Republican. Amash has not only failed to support President Trump as the President works to make the United States stronger and safer, he has now united with radical liberals like Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) to try and bring down our President. He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”

On Sunday, President Trump responded to Amash, calling him a “total lightweight.”

He wrote, “Never a fan of @justinamash, 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. If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, “composed” by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump….”

GOP Rep Slams Senators Over Border Wall Funding: “Clowns on the Other Side of the Building”

Freedom Caucus member Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA) slammed the Senate last night for failing to pass a bill that would fund the border wall, calling the legislators “clowns on the other side of the building.”

Speaking to guest host Dan Bongino on Fox News’ Hannity, both Garrett and Rep. Jody Heist (R-GA) said they are completely fed up with Congress’ inability to pass funding for the border wall.

Garrett said, “We in the House should do our jobs and if the clowns on the other side of the building want to fail, let them. But when we say well it won’t get through the Senate so we’ll abdicate our responsibility, I just won’t accept that.”

The Virginia lawmaker also made a startling comparison when it comes to victims of Illegal immigrant crime.

“Let me be real clear, the cost in human lives, straight line cost of not protecting our border, would equal the casualties of the Korean War over a decade,” he said. “Over 10% of drunk drivers here illegally, that’s thousands of deaths a year. 4,000 murders a year, if you then figure in illicit drugs that come into this country that kill our brothers and sisters and sons and daughters. And so this is truly about protecting America. I am for a robust and healthy immigration plan, but it is ridiculous and flies in the face of a sovereign nation not to do this. It’s tragic that it had to be done this way.”

When asked why it took so long for House Republicans to fund the border wall, Hice responded, “Many of us have been calling for months and months and months. Let’s deal with this issue. We have the majority. The American people sent us here for this. The president is behind it. Let’s go for it. And for whatever reason it’s been stall after stall after stall…and at this point there’s just a line drawn in the sand…we’ve had enough, we’re no longer taking it.”

 

Last night, House Republicans passed a spending bill that provides $5.7 billion for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and avoids a government shutdown.

This morning, President Trump praised the Republicans for their efforts and blamed a potential government shut down on Senate Democrats.

“The Democrats, whose votes we need in the Senate, will probably vote against Border Security and the Wall even though they know it is DESPERATELY NEEDED,” he wrote. “If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time. People don’t want Open Borders and Crime!”

Conservative Lawmakers Urge Trump to Veto Spending Bill, Vow to Fight for Border Wall

House Freedom Caucus members are urging President Trump to veto the short-term spending bill that would keep the government funded through February 8 and punt the border wall fight to the 2019 Democratically controlled Congress.

Late last night, the Senate approved the stopgap bill and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated funding the government with the legislation would show that Republicans are still in control and will not contribute to a government shut down.

“Republicans will continue to fill our duty to govern,” said McConnell.

However, as Breitbart reports, Freedom Caucus members are not buying into the bill.

Last night, caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) gave an impassioned speech on the House floor, urging the President to veto the bill:

“…we are here with a number of my colleagues tonight to say that we’re ready to fight on behalf of all the freedom loving Americans to make sure that we have secure borders and to make sure that never again do we have to worry about terrorists and drug traffickers coming across our southern borders..

I think that it’s appropriate to remind the American people that there is a bad case of Potomac fever up here in Washington, D.C. They forget what they promised the American people and yet what they must do is not forget it this time. Mr. President we’re going to back you up if you veto this bill, we’ll be there, but more importantly, the American people will be there, they’ll be there to support you.

Let’s build the wall and make sure that we do our job in Congress.”

Freedom Caucus member Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) blasted Congress for “fooling” the American people when it comes to border wall funding: “Everyone knows the line ‘fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me,’” he said.

“The new line should be, ‘fool the American people four times, shame on Congress.”

Jordan continued, “Now they’re talking about kicking it to February 8th, you got to be kidding me. February 8th? When Nancy Pelosi is Speaker? Four different times we promised something and then kicked the can down the road.”

“The House Freedom Caucus is sick of the games. The American people are sick of the games,” said Jordan.

President Trump initially demanded $5 billion for the border wall funding, however, earlier this week the White House indicated they can get the funding through “other ways.”

“We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

This morning, President Trump took to Twitter, threatening to veto any of the Democrat’s legislation unless it includes border security. He also praised the great work of U.S. Border Patrol, ICE and the military.

“The Democrats, who know Steel Slats (Wall) are necessary for Border Security, are putting politics over Country. What they are just beginning to realize is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has perfect Border Security. U.S.A. WINS! With so much talk about the Wall, people are losing sight of the great job being done on our Southern Border by Border Patrol, ICE and our great Military. Remember the Caravans? Well, they didn’t get through and none are forming or on their way. Border is tight. Fake News silent!”