Congressman Justin Amash (I-MI) left the Republican Party in July of last year after frustration with its enabling of President Donald Trump.
Amash is at it again after Trump tried to dismiss new allegations by former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who wrote in a manuscript of his upcoming memoir that Trump sought to withhold congressionally approved aid from Ukraine until its President announced investigations into the Bidens.
The Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify. It is up to them, not up to the Senate!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1580126262.0
This, like 16,241 other statements made by Trump, was false.
The House committees overseeing the impeachment inquiry against Trump did seek Bolton's testimony, but Bolton said he'd only testify if subpoenaed. Hoping to avoid a drawn-out court process when inevitably challenged by the White House, the committee decided to leave it up to the Senate to subpoena Bolton.
Secondly, it most certainly is up to the Senate now. Senators have the power to vote to subpoena witnesses and every single impeachment trial has called witnesses to be deposed.
Amash wasted no time pointing out that Trump was lying.
The president lies twice in one short tweet. The House did ask Bolton to testify. He declined at the direction of… https://t.co/w8tE0Go5ok— Justin Amash (@Justin Amash) 1580145994.0
Others agreed with his analysis.
@justinamash The House determined that our home is on fire. The Republicans in the Senate have the water, the hose… https://t.co/ir6AgTP1AN— Neil Kopitsky (@Neil Kopitsky) 1580146188.0
@justinamash https://t.co/Yx1ynPvGgP— 🌊 #BlueWave2020 🇺🇸 🏳️🌈 (@🌊 #BlueWave2020 🇺🇸 🏳️🌈) 1580147693.0
@justinamash As long as people blatantly refuse to use their critical thinking abilities, they’ll believing all of… https://t.co/h7AU1BHCOQ— Kate L Richards (@Kate L Richards) 1580146095.0
Some thanked Amash for being one of the few non-Democrats to consistently call out Trump.
@justinamash Thank you Justin. Finally a Republican patriot.— Chris D'Lites (@Chris D'Lites) 1580147571.0
@justinamash Thank you Justin.— Mark Baran (@Mark Baran) 1580152687.0
@justinamash Thank you for having the courage to stand up to this kind of nonsense. You're on the right side of his… https://t.co/tTvcU0VneE— lax americana (@lax americana) 1580146350.0
But Amash wasn't the only one to call out Trump's latest lies.
https://t.co/OXzZm46RD4 https://t.co/E5GqWc3lP4— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1580146394.0
@realDonaldTrump fact check: yes they did, and Bolton replied that he would only testify once a challenged subpoena… https://t.co/P4wgnlt8GZ— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1580126436.0
@realDonaldTrump Absolutely not true. Just like your lawyers, you view the truth as optional.— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1580126766.0
@realDonaldTrump This is another lie. They asked him to testify on Nov. 7th, 2019. The White House directed him n… https://t.co/EHGEqYPsyr— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas) 1580126602.0
Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have said that Bolton's latest allegations bolster the case for hearing witnesses, though they haven't confirmed yet which way they'll vote when it comes time to call them.