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Pro-impeachment Justin Amash quits Republican Party on Independence Day

One of President Trump’s fiercest Republican critics has declared his independence from the party  U.S. Rep. Justin Amash chose the Fourth of July to announce he’s leaving the GOP, claiming that modern politics “is trapped in a partisan death spiral ”  “Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” the five-term Michigan lawmaker wrote in an op-ed Thursday for the Washington Post  “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us,” he said “I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”  Amash is one of a handful of Republicans who publicly criticize the president and the only sitting GOP lawmaker to endorse impeachment  His criticism of the party and the president has grown more intense in recent months, especially after special counsel Robert Mueller released a scathing report on Russian interference in the 2016 election Following the report, the Tea Party conservative said Trump had engaged in “impeachable conduct ”  The 39-year-old began his op-ed describing how his father came to the U.S. as a Palestinian refugee and how his family supported Republicans and Republican values  “The Republican Party, I believed, stood for limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty — principles that had made the American Dream possible for my family,” he wrote “In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions ”  Amash, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, said both Republicans and Democrats value party loyalty over serving the American people and are focused on winning “for its own sake, and at whatever cost ” “Instead of acting as an independent branch of government and serving as a check on the executive branch, congressional leaders of both parties expect the House and Senate to act in obedience or opposition to the president and their colleagues on a partisan basis,” he wrote  The announcement naturally prompted a nasty tweet from the president, who minced no words to insult Amash  “Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is ‘quitting’ the Party,” Trump wrote “No Collusion, No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!”

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