Justin Amash | WIKIPEDIA | OCT 23, 2015
Justin A. Amash (/əˈmɑːʃ/; born April 18, 1980) is an American attorney and Republican member of Congress. In January 2011, he began serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district. The district, based in Grand Rapids, had once been represented by former President Gerald Ford (the district was numbered as the 5th District at the time).
Born in Grand Rapids, and raised in Kentwood, Amash is a second-generation Arab-American of Palestinian Christian and Syrian Greek Orthodox descent. His father is a Palestinian business owner, whose family emigrated to the United States in 1956 through the sponsorship of a Christian pastor and his family. His mother is a Syrian immigrant to the United States.
Amash attended Kelloggsville Christian School in Kelloggsville and graduated as class valedictorian from Grand Rapids Christian High School. He graduated from the University of Michigan magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and earned his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School in 2005. Amash admires economists F. A. Hayek and Frédéric Bastiat. Amash is married and the father of three children. He belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, he became a consultant to his family’s tool business. He worked as a corporate attorney for his family’s business for a year, before being elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008.3
After initial speculation that he might run for the U.S. Senate, Amash confirmed that he would run for re-election to the House of Representatives in 2014. Amash was endorsed by the fiscally conservative Club for Growth PAC, which spent over $500,000 supporting Amash in his Republican primary against former East Grand Rapids School Trustee Brian Ellis, who was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and spent more than $1 million of his own money on the race.
Michigan’s 3rd congressional district | WIKIPEDIA | MAY 17, 2017
Michigan’s 3rd congressional district is a United States Congressional district in Western Michigan. From 2003 to 2013 it consisted of the counties of Barry, Ionia, and all except the northwest portion of Kent. The district was extended to Battle Creek after redistricting in 2012.
The district is currently represented by Republican Justin Amash, one of the youngest members of the House. In the 2010 General Election, Amash, then a State Representative, defeated Democrat Pat Miles to take the seat he currently holds.
First Republicans In Congress Use the I-Word: Impeachment | TALKING POINTS MEMO | MAY 17, 2017
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has been one of the loudest critics of President Donald Trump as scandal after scandal has hit the administration over its first few months. He had already been one of just a tiny handful of GOP lawmakers backing Democrats’ call for an independent commission to investigate Trump, and he went a step further on Wednesday.
Asked if the new revelations that President Trump pressured then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of national security advisor Mike Flynn’s communications with the Russian government could be grounds for impeachment, Amash told reporters: “If the allegations are true, yes. But everybody in this country gets a fair trial, including the president.” Asked who he trusts more if the matter comes down to a dispute between Comey’s memos versus Trump’s account of their conversations, Amash said: “I think it’s pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey.”
Amash’s comments came on the heels of Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) raising the possibility of impeaching Trump in an interview Tuesday night on CNN.
“Any effort to stop the federal government from conducting an investigation, any effort to dissuade federal agents from pursuing an investigation is very serious and could be construed as obstruction of justice,” he said. “We’ve seen that these obstruction of justice cases, when they deal with presidents, can get ugly very fast.” “Obstruction in the case of Nixon and in the case of Clinton in the late 90s has been considered an impeachable offense,” he added. The first version of this reported cited Amash as the first sitting Republican to float impeachment. Curbelo was in fact the first. We regret the error.
Michigan Republican Justin Amash: If true, Comey memo allegations are grounds for impeachment | CLICK ON DETROIT | MAY 17, 2017
DETROIT – U.S. House representative Justin Amash (R-MI) says if the James Comey memo allegations are true, they are grounds for impeachment of President Donald Trump. Amash made the statement to reporters on Wednesday. Amash also told reporters that he trusts Comey more than President Trump.
President Donald Trump faced fallout Wednesday over revelations that he personally appealed to now-fired FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, allegations based on notes Comey wrote after the meeting. The White House has denied the report, which came amid a furor over the president’s discussions with Russian diplomats in which Trump is said to have disclosed classified information.
In a bizarre twist on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trump’s discussions. The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. Trump himself said he had “an absolute right” as president to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm. Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump’s meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed. He dismissed outrage over Trump’s disclosures as U.S. politicians whipping up “anti-Russian sentiment.”
GOP Rep. Amash says there could be grounds for Trump’s impeachment | WASHINGTON POST | MAY 17, 2017
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who last week became the first Republican to express support for an independent investigation into the Trump-Russia matter, said Wednesday that if the details reported this week are true, it could be grounds for impeachment.
According to the Hill, Amash added that “everybody gets a fair trial in this country.”
Amash, a member of the Freedom Caucus and one of Trump’s frequent GOP critics, was the first drop in what’s become a small but steady trickle of Republicans who have come out in support of some kind of an independent investigation — some, like Amash, spoke out right after Trump fired FBI director James B. Comey, a few others voiced concerns after the twin bombshells of Trump’s behavior in the Oval Office.