30 Democrats Push for Ex-GOP Lawmaker Justin Amash to Become Impeachment Manager in Trump Senate Trial: Report

A group of 30 freshmen Democrats are pushing for former GOP congressman Justin Amash to become the impeachment manager in the Senate trial of President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Several unnamed Democratic officials with knowledge of the campaign told the newspaper that the group of first-term lawmakers, spearheaded by Democratic Congressman Dean Phillips from Minnesota, has urged House leaders to consider appointing the former Republican for the role.

If appointed, Amash will be responsible for leading a small group that will argue for removing Trump from office. The Democrats believe that Amash, a libertarian who left the GOP earlier this year, will be more effective than members of their own party in reaching conservative voters.

"To the extent that this can be bipartisan, it should, and I think including Representative Amash amongst the impeachment managers is a smart move both for the country, for the substance and for the optics," Phillips said, adding that the congressman was "the first and only member of the Republican conference, when he was a Republican, to show courage."

Phillips revealed that Amash has already agreed to consider the position. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who announced the impeachment inquiry into Trump in late September, will have the final say. The unnamed Democratic officials say she is expected to announce the managers this coming week.

Newsweek reached out to Amash's team for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

As congressional Republicans continue to loyally rally behind Trump amid the ongoing impeachment process, Amash has repeatedly taken to social media in recent months to call for the president's impeachment and assert that he has engaged in improper behavior. The former Republican has also condemned Senator Lindsey Graham after he told CNN that he's not "trying to pretend to be a fair juror," and slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to remain impartial by declaring that he will coordinate with the White House for the proceedings.

"Senator Graham has chosen to violate his oath to support and defend the Constitution, his oath to do impartial justice in an impeachment trial," Amash tweeted on Saturday, "and his duty to represent all the people of his state, not just those who share his political views or desire a particular outcome."

A Fox News poll, released on Sunday morning, found that 54 percent of Americans supported impeaching Trump, while 41 percent opposed. Hours later, Trump responded by claiming that the network's polls are "always inaccurate" and "heavily weighted towards Dems." "So ridiculous—same thing happened in 2016. They got it all wrong. Get a new pollster!" the president tweeted.

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U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) holds a Town Hall Meeting on May 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Amash was the first Republican member of Congress to say that President Donald Trump engaged in impeachable conduct. Bill Pugliano/Getty