Schweikert: Under Dems, U.S. House is ‘a theatrical body’

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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.”

Jim Small
Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.


  1. This is rich. How many times did he do a show vote to repeal Obamacare, knowing that it was going nowhere fast?

    It’d be wonderful to see this ethically-challenged Rep. defeated in 2020.


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