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Justin Amash (R-MI) tweeted a rationale for impeachment of President Trump.  We break down the entire Justin Amash tweet thread and discuss it within the context of liberty, the Constitution, transparency, accountability, bravery and rule of law.

We also discuss Pete Buttigieg, Poway High Varsity Baseball, Game of
Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Kawhi Leonard, SANDAG, San Diego Padres, Big Stone
Lodge, Wil Myers, Fernando Tatis Jr., Betsy DeVos, Darsh Patel, Marian
Kim-Phelps, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Thomas Massie.

Here is the full text of the Justin Amash tweet thread from Saturday, May 18, 2019:

  • Here are my principal conclusions:
    1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
    2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
    3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
    4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
  • I offer these conclusions only after having
    read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched
    pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my
    staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.
    • In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions,
      congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear
      that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s
      analysis and findings.
    • Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but
      often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or
      logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.
    • Under our Constitution, the president “shall
      be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery,
      or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is
      not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.
    • Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report
      reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of
      behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.
    • In fact, Mueller’s report identifies multiple
      examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and
      undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be
      indicted based on such evidence.
    • Impeachment, which is a special form of
      indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g.,
      obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that
      an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise
      dishonorable conduct.
    • While impeachment should be undertaken only in
      extraordinary circumstances, the risk we face in an environment of extreme
      partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but
      rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct.
    • Our system of checks and balances relies on
      each branch’s jealously guarding its powers and upholding its duties under our
      Constitution. When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps
      loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law—the foundation of
      liberty—crumbles.
    • We’ve witnessed members of Congress from both
      parties shift their views 180 degrees—on the importance of character, on the
      principles of obstruction of justice—depending on whether they’re discussing
      Bill Clinton or Donald Trump.
    • Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s
      report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed,
      with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive
      statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its
      release.
    • America’s institutions depend on officials to
      uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do
      so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome. Our
      Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.
    • All about loyalty and tearing people down rather
      than a discussion or debate.  Toxic environment.

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