Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Monday stepped down from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group he helped found more than four years ago, just weeks after he became the only Republican member of Congress to have accused President Trump of impeachable acts and said that he supported moving forward with impeachment proceedings.
The Freedom Caucus voted to condemn Amash’s remarks last month.
Amash shared a series of tweets last month explaining why he thought President Trump had committed impeachable offenses after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“I have the highest regard for them, and they’re my close friends,” Amash told CNN reporter Haley Byrd Monday evening “I didn’t want to be a further distraction for the group.”
He emphasized to CNN that his decision was voluntary and that he remains on good terms with his colleagues.
At his first town hall since publicly calling for Trump’ impeachment on May 29, Amash was greeted in Michigan with a standing ovation.
Amash argued Attorney General William Barr misrepresented Mueller’s findings, including in Barr’s testimony before Congress at the town hall.