Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashEx-GOP lawmaker says Trump ‘illegitimate president,’ should be impeached Ex-GOP lawmaker pens op-ed calling for Trump to be impeached On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers MORE (R-Mich.) received a standing ovation Tuesday evening at his first public event since becoming the first Republican to call for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCitizenship and Immigration Services union blasts Trump’s pick to head agency Texas secretary of state resigns after botched voter purge Trump hits Biden for 1994 crime bill support MORE‘s impeachment. 

At a town hall in Grand Rapids, Amash criticized House Republican leadership, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyJuan Williams: Anti-abortion extremism is on the rise Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump MORE (R-Calif.), who he called the “so-called leader.”

“I read the Mueller report. I’m sure he didn’t read it,” Amash said of McCarthy. “He resorted to ad hominem attacks; that’s the kind of ‘leadership’ we now have in Congress.”

McCarthy has accused Amash of seeking attention with his remarks, and told reporters Amash was “out of step with this conference” and “out of step with America.”

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Amash re-affirmed his position that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a ‘do-over’ Graham: Mueller investigation a ‘political rectal exam’ MORE’s report outlines impeachable conduct by Trump.

“I’m confident that if you read volume two, you will be appalled at much of the conduct. And I was appalled by it. And that’s why I stated what I stated. That’s why I came to that conclusion,” he said. “We can’t let conduct like that go unchecked.”

Amash, who has drawn a Trump-supporting primary challenger, said he was not concerned his remarks about Trump could cost him his seat. Two GOP Trump critics in the Senate, Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSen. Coons examines Amazon’s privacy and data security practices for Alexa devices Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax The Hill’s Morning Report – White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE (R-Ariz.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerJeff Daniels blasts ‘cowardice’ of Senate Republicans against Trump Corker: ‘I just don’t’ see path to challenge Trump in 2020 Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be ‘good thing for our country’ MORE (R-Tenn.) retired in 2018, and another, former Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash WANTED: A Republican with courage MORE (R-S.C.) was defeated in his 2018 primary. While he declined to rule out a Libertarian Party presidential bid, he denied he had that in mind when he made the original comments.

Amash also faced criticism from the event’s audience, with one attendee in a Make America Great Again hat telling Amash “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am,” but the majority of questioners expressed support for Amash.

Since his original comments, Amash has faced pushback and criticism from fellow Republicans, including Trump, who called him a “lightweight,” and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulO’Rourke: Trump ‘provoking’ war with Iran by sending troops to Middle East Overnight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran MORE (R-Ky.), a fellow libertarian-leaning member of Congress, who said the Mueller investigation was “the antithesis of libertarianism.”

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