You might have heard that, recently, Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) broke from the GOP and stated that he believed President Trump committed ‘impeachable conduct.’ He claims this is based on the Mueller report and Bob Mueller’s inability to reach a conclusion regarding obstruction of justice.
Well, Senator Mitt Romney, who is known to have his issues with the President, doesn’t agree.
During CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Romney did acknowledge, in classic Romney fashion, that he did find the report to be troubling. However, he does not think that there is enough evidence in the Mueller report to warrant impeachment proceedings.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 19, 2019
"I just don't think there is the full element you need to prove an obstruction of justice case," says Sen. @MittRomney on the Mueller report.
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 19, 2019
According to Fox News:
“I just don’t think that there is the full element that you’d need to prove an obstruction of justice case,” Romney told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, while acknowledging, “Everyone reaches their own conclusion.”
Still, Romney said he “was troubled by it,” but did not feel the allegations laid out in the report were enough to rise to the standard of an obstruction charge.
Romney specifically pointed to the element of intent, which is required as part of an obstruction charge. He said that the lack of any underlying crime — such as any conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia — makes it difficult to show that Trump’s actions were based on a corrupt intent to cover something up.
“You just don’t have the elements,” Romney said.
— WebStation : US News (@funnylifeJ) May 19, 2019
Representative Amash argued for the exact opposite on Twitter on Saturday, stating he had read the report, and that “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.”
Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019
Romney stated that, with all due “respect” for Rep. Amash, he disagrees with his determination.
— Global Issues Web (@globalissuesweb) May 19, 2019