Amash on Saturday tweeted a list of carefully considered reasons for impeachment, based on a meticulous reading of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller. He concluded that conduct detailed by Mueller was “impeachable,” that Attorney General William Barr “deliberately misrepresented the report,” and that “partisanship” was stopping GOP lawmakers from doing the right thing.
“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash wrote.
In his attack on Amash, Trump insisted in a tweet Sunday that the Mueller report was “strong on no collusion” and “no obstruction,” and “anyway how do you obstruct when there is no crime?” he asked.
Mueller’s comments were not “strong” on “no collusion,” as Trump claimed. Investigators “did not establish ... coordination” between the Trump campaign and “sweeping” Russian interference in the presidential election, according to the report. But investigators also determined that “relevant communications” concerning Russian ties were “deleted.” The “Office cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light on ... events,” the report noted.
As for obstruction charges, the report stated it “does not exonerate” Trump. Mueller detailed convincing examples of obstruction, but noted that the policy of the Justice Department is not to indict a sitting president.
Obstruction of justice charges can be brought without proving an underlying crime. But as the Washington Post points out, there “were underlying crimes — lots of them,” and that’s why people linked to the Trump campaign are in prison.
The one credible point Trump made in his tweet, Conway noted, was that Amash “plays right into” the hands of the president’s opponents.