Amash to hold town hall in Grand Rapids – Michigan Radio

Amash to hold town hall in Grand Rapids - Michigan Radio
Amash tells town hall: Things that violate the public trust are impeachable
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Cathy Garnaat was ready to disavow U.S. Rep. Justin Amash for supporting the idea of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The Alto resident has always voted for Amash and she voted for Trump in 2016. To support impeachment, that was crossing a line.

I thought that it would be improper to even talk about impeaching the president when youre in the Republican Party, so I wanted to give him a chance to give his side of the story, Garnaat said. I was ready to not support him anymore.

Amash defends call for Trumps impeachment, says Congress has a duty to keep the president in check

Garnaat said it wasnt just breaking party loyalty that irked her but that she hadnt heard any solid reasons for impeachment.

After hearing the Cascade Township Republican speak Tuesday night, she said shes open to voting for him again. Although she does want to see what his Republican challengers have to offer on the issues.

Garnaat was one of more than 700 people who packed an auditorium at Grand Rapids Christian High School for Amashs town hall Tuesday, May 28.

The town hall was announced over Memorial Day weekend, about a week after he posted a series of Tweets outlining his support and reasons for impeachment proceedings.

He later doubled down on those comments in another series of Tweets and, just hours before the town hall, took to Twitter to criticize U.S. Attorney General William Barr on his handling of the Mueller report, saying Barr used his position to sell the presidents false narrative to the American people.

Another town hall takeaway for Garnaat: she wants to read U.S. Special Counsel Robert Muellers report on the investigation into 2016 election interference.

Having never read it, and feeling Amash left her wanting to know more, she said she wants to see for herself whats in the report.

Amash spoke to constituents Tuesday during a town hall meeting at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

Amash opened the town hall with a brief defense of his support for impeachment and again outlined his rationale before launching into an almost two-hour Q&A with the audience.

The crowd was largely in support of Amash, giving him a standing ovation as he walked out and shook the hands of a few audience members. There were sizable pockets, though, of those who remained seated and didnt clap on impeachment talking points.

Some called him courageous. Others called his actions an empty attention grab to popularize his name so he could launch an independent 2020 presidential run against Trump — something Amash has not ruled out.

Amash is the sole Republican member of Congress to support impeachment against Trump. He dismissed claims that his impeachment comments were aimed at launching a presidential bid.

Cascade Township resident Tom Campbell came to the meeting an Amash supporter thrown off by his impeachment comments.

Like Garnaat, he wanted answers from Amash. He left unconvinced the president should be impeached, calling the Mueller report extremely partisan and saying Amash should be more skeptical of it.

I think he carried himself quite well, Campbell said after the town hall, calling Amash a thoughtful politician who he agrees with on many issues.

Whether impeachment support will change his vote at the ballot, should Amash run for his seat again in 2020, thats unclear.

I dont know, he said. Im a strong supporter of his, but it would be something to consider.

The comments arent enough to make either Garnaat or Campbell vote Democrat, they said, but it will make them consider other Republican challengers. Two such challengers have declared theyre running against Amash in the primary.

Luke was the only apparent member of the audience wearing a red Make America Great Again hat. She sparred with Amash during the Q&A period, mostly over the validity of the Mueller report and that Trump has done no wrong.

After his comments about Trump, she said she regrets ever voting for Amash and did so in the past only because he was a Republican.

Trump fired back at Michigan congressman Justin Amash Sunday after the Republican from Grand Rapids said the president “engaged in impeachable conduct.”

Has he ever created thousands of jobs? Does he know anything about the economy, she said in praise of Trump.

Gerry Bostelaar, a Gaines Township resident, brands himself as an independent voter who leans Democrat. He didnt vote for Trump, but he did vote for Amash.

I commend his courage, his integrity, to take a public stand about the Mueller report, the conflict of interest, he said.

After Amash received flak for the impeachment Tweets, Bostelaar said he wrote the congressman an email of support. Then, after the DeVos family announced they would no longer financially support Amash, he sent another letter, encouraging Amash.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich, clashed with a MAGA hat-wearing constituent during a town hall on Tuesday over his support for the impeachment of  President Trump.

Amash has made headlines in recent weeks for his lengthy Twitter threads laying out his argument for impeachment based on the Mueller Report. His latest tweetstorm took aim at Attorney General William Barr for allegedly misleading the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings and pushing a "false narrative" that the Trump campaign was improperly spied on during the 2016 election.

In Grand Rapids, Mich., Amash was confronted by a Trump supporter sporting the iconic "Make America Great Again" hat.

She began by telling Amash that she had been a "supporter" of his since he first was elected into Congress in 2010 but now was "disappointed" by his support for impeachment.

"You talk about the Constitution and how important that is, but yet nothing that Mueller came out with in this report, nothing that has been said about him and President Trump is constitutional and has been a smear tactic because that's how the Democrats work," the Trump supporter told Amash. "How can you become a Democrat when we voted for you as a Republican because you've just drank the same Kool-Aid as all the Democrats."

Amash responded by first defending his record in Congress, telling the town hall attendees he has "one of the most constitutionally conservative and fiscally conservative" voting records of all sitting lawmakers and that he's at the top "of nearly all the scorecards" of conservative groups.

"I haven't changed, I’m who I said I was. I’m a principled, constitutional conservative who has stayed consistent regardless of whether we have President Obama in office or President Trump,” Amash continued. "Now, I've heard your comments about the Mueller Report, but you haven't stated any facts. What are the facts that you're disputing?"

Amash also responded to another attendee who accused him of not addressing the alleged "FISA abuses" that are currently under investigation by pointing to his FISA reform legislation that was rejected by the Trump White House.

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