Lloyd Doggett on Amash impeachment statements: ‘Eager’ for Democrats to show the same ‘courage’

May 20, 2019

Rep. Lloyd Doggettcalled on Democrats Monday to show the same “courage” asRep. Justin Amash, who became the first Republican to say President Trump committed “impeachable conduct.”

In an interview with CNN’s “Newsroom” show, host Poppy Harlow mentioned Mr. Amash’s impeachment statements “going further than Democratic leadership,” including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

Mr. Doggett responded, “I’m eager to see Democrats show the same kind of courage that Justin Amash has shown.”

“You know last week, this time, he was a revered member of the Republican caucus, somebody who voted most of the time with Donald Trump, a member of the freedom caucus, and today they are distancing themselves from him as an individual because they cannot distances themselves from the facts,” the Texas Democrat said.

Mr. Doggett added House Democrats are “getting closer” to impeachment but “still have a little more work” in their investigations.

“It’s important we act boldly,” he said.

Mr. Amash became the first and currently only Republican to say special counsel Robert Mueller’s report outlined “impeachable conduct” by Mr. Trump.

He also tweeted Attorney General William P. Barr “has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report” and that “few members of Congress have read the report.”

Republicans quickly blasted Mr. Amash’s comments, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy saying he “wants to have attention” and Mr. Trump calling him a “lightweight” and a “loser.”

Mr. Amash said in March he hasn’t ruled out running against Mr. Trump as a third-party candidate in 2020.