A group of freshman House Democrats are on a private crusade to get Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) appointed as an impeachment manager, according to a new report.
The group, led by Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) and consisting of about 30 freshman Dems, has asked House leaders to consider Amash as a potential manager, the Washington Post reported.
The now-independent congressman was formerly a member of the GOP and the House Freedom Caucus until earlier this year, when he publicly argued that President Trump had committed impeachable offenses based on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
His comments, along with a blistering op-ed in the Washington Post slamming partisan politics without mentioning the president by name, drew the ire of Trump, who responded by calling him a “total loser.”
Impeachment managers have a coveted and high-profile job. Handpicked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to serve as prosecutors in the Senate’s impeachment trial, they’re tasked with making the case that Trump should be removed from office based on conduct outlined in the House’s impeachment articles.
Many of the Democrats believe Amash would be able to speak more effectively to conservative voters on the fence about impeachment and could fight GOP claims that the party is seeking a partisan impeachment process, several Democratic Party officials told the newspaper.
Democrats reportedly believe the staunch libertarian would be able to reach independent and centrist Republican voters with whom the party would otherwise struggle.
“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 told the paper.
Amash is also one of the most conservative members in the House, despite regularly breaking with the president on critical issues.
Phillips said Amash was “the first and only member of the Republican conference, when he was a Republican, to show courage.”
He told the news outlet that he has been in touch with Amash and that the lawmaker has agreed to consider the manager job if asked by Pelosi or anyone with decision-making authority.