Representative Justin Amash hit back at President Donald Trump following the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats, saying that “it’s not about the transcript of a call.”
“They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted after Speaker Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry launch.
Amash, a frequent and outspoken Trump critic who left the GOP on July 4, quickly fired back.
“Don’t let President Trump or Republican officials distract you with a straw man,” Amash tweeted. “It’s about his continuing abuse of the office of the presidency.”
The latest back-and-forth between Trump and one of his staunchest conservative critics comes amid mounting scrutiny over reports of the President’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump reportedly pressured him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden over allegations of corruption, The Hill reported.
The allegations prompted a flood of House Democrats to back opening an impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Amash previously called for impeaching Trump on the grounds that the President obstructed justice in his attempts to impede former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference in 2016.
Amash was the first and only Republican lawmaker to call for impeaching Trump, prompting a feud with Trump and Amash’s eventual exit from the party.