Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who has left the Republican Party, said Sunday he’s still got the support of voters back home — and hasn’t ruled out a run for president.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Amash said he’s “had concerns with the Republican Party for several years,” and “this was the term that really broke it for me.”
“When I started the House Freedom Caucus… what we were fighting for was a better process,” he said, adding: “Over the years, I’ve seen that people are just falling in line behind the leaders, including people in my own caucus, which I left. So it has gotten worse and worse and I think this was the term that really broke it for me. “
“It is time to be a committed independent representative for my district so that everyone back home knows where I stand,” he declared, acknowledging he’ll likely be booted from the House Oversight Committee.
“In today’s politics the committees have almost no power. And I want people at home to understand that. Everything is really run top down.”
Asked if he would run again — and win — as an independent, Amash gave an unqualified “Yes.”
“I’m very confident about that,” he said of his reelection.
And then asked about the possibility of running for president as a Libertarian or on another ticket, he declared.” I still wouldn’t rule anything like that out.”
He also stood by his content that President Donald Trump should be impeached.
“When you look at the conduct and the evidence presented, I think basically anyone would be indicted for that conduct. Anyone who is not the president of the United States,” he said.