Michigan Congressman Justin Amash made news over the weekend when he became the first Republican in Congress to publicly declare that President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
In a story today by our sister publication, Michigan Advance, about how Amash’s lack of fealty to Trump has now put him crosswise with the GOP, Arizona Republican U.S. Rep. David Schweikert lends his assessment of Amash as one who has never been bound by party orthodoxy.
“Justin is a unique individual because in many ways he is our closest to being a true libertarian,” he said of his colleague, adding that he hopes to speak with Amash soon about why he believes Trump needs to be impeached.
Schweikert also told the Advance that he’s “been walking around with the binder on (Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s) report” and is about 60 percent of the way through it.
After expressing concern that the Democratic-led investigations into Trump are driven by keeping “the rage going” in the party’s base than in performing legitimate oversight, Schweikert complained that public policy isn’t being considered.
“It rips my heart out because even though the Democrats are in the majority here, I thought we would actually do some things. We’ve been here what, five months? Please, there’s things that actually have to be done and it’s so frustrating that we’re not a policymaking body, we’re a theatrical body.”