Justin Amash Quits House Oversight Committee Before GOP Leadership Can Remove Him
After news broke yesterday that Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) would be removed from the House Oversight Committee this week after turning his back on the Republican Party, Amash decided to get ahead of the issue, leaving the committee before he could get the boot.
“Today, I sent the attached letter to Republican leaders as formal notification that I am withdrawing my membership in the House Republican Conference and, consistent with House rules, resigning from the Committee on Oversight and Reform,” Amash tweeted on Monday morning.
Today, I sent the attached letter to Republican leaders as formal notification that I am withdrawing my membership in the House Republican Conference and, consistent with House rules, resigning from the Committee on Oversight and Reform. pic.twitter.com/8x8lFUmaGY
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 8, 2019
He also posted a letter that he submitted to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) formalizing his resignation.
Amash has recently used his post on the Oversight Committee to help Democratic Party witch hunts against President Donald Trump. He supported Democratic overreach to censure Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross based on their refusal to submit privileged documents regarding the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census.
“The Democrats have continued to attack this administration on dubious grounds, and they aren’t going to let the facts get in the way of their own concocted stories,” Ross said of the Democrat-led stunt against the Trump administration that Amash joined.
“By holding a contempt vote, the committee has already demonstrated its scorn for the Constitution, continually refusing to engage in the constitutionally-mandated accommodation process. That is far more serious than the empty stunt the committee performed today,” he added.
Amash also voted with Democrats on the Oversight Committee to subpoena White House counselor Kellyanne Conway over alleged violations of the Hatch Act.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) of the House Freedom Caucus pointed out the ridiculousness of the effort against Conway by Amash and his Democrat counterparts.
Americans hate unfairness.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 26, 2019
After being forced out of the Oversight Committee, Amash will have to rely on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to assign him to another committee. Considering how useful he has been to the Democrats in their war against Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, it may not be out of the question.
“He votes more with Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me. It’s a question whether he’s even in our Republican Conference as a whole,” House Minority Leader McCarthy said about Amash in May.
Amash, who has emerged as the leading cheerleader for impeaching Trump, will likely continue nestling up to Democrats as he continues his campaign to sabotage the President for self-serving political gain.