Amash says he is concerned and they are working on legislation. The need more resources on the border.
Amash sounds reasonable.
"first I want to salute your courage" -- gets standing ovation.
This questioner states that he was in Vietnam.
Then asks if there is a way to amend the constitution so the electorate gets a mulligan.
Hilarious. He gets a laugh.
Amash answers the states have to decide. Schools have to decide. He doesn't think it should be a federal mandate. (WHich is consistent with Amash's libertarian views.)
Props to @ddale8 -- live tweeting is hard!
She says Barr and others are ignoring subpoenas and that is wrong.
She is asking what the next step is going to be.
Amash says it is appropriate to proceed with an inquiry. She will make the determination as to whether there will be an impeachment.
Amash says worrying about your district is what is wrong with Congress. Members only follow the party.
He was kicked off budget committee because he only voted with them 95% of the time.
He says he votes with GOP 75% of the time.
He says it is not a healthy system.
People need to be more concerned about the process in Congress.
Amash said Paul Ryan did not allow a single amendment on the House floor.
Messaging amendments that don't do anything substantive may be added.
But they vote to not adopt those rules. If they don't vote against
I'm curious is .@aoc agrees.
It seems to be something that would be very frustrating.
He disagrees with a lot of fed subsidies.
Amash tells audience to be respectful.
She calls Mueller report a smear attack.
Says there is no facts.
'Going back to the Constitution, ' but then she says something that is nonsensical.
She goes on to say how do you determine
And then says the Dems have violated the public trust.
Accuses Dems of a silent coup. The deep state. Says HRC needs to be investigated.
She is continuously booed.
Amash tries to grab control by asking audience to be respectful
Amash says he has one of the most constitutionally conservative voting records. That he was elected under the tea party movement for smaller govt and lower spending.
He says he is a principled constitutional conservative who has stayed the same regardless of whether it is Obama or Trump in the WH
Amash challenges MAGA lady to give him a factual response about what she disagrees with that Amash has set out
She continues to recite the phony assertions of Fox News
She says you cannot have obstruction if there is no crime committed. Amash corrects her. He says she is wrong.
Amash: The reason someone isn't charged with an underlying crime may be because there
She says there was no crime because the investigation was based on a lie by Dems and deep state.
She says Trump wants to have limited govt. Amash says he isn't.
She says he wants to get rid of Dept of Ed. Amash says he is free to do so
5th questioner is asking about his own conviction. It is confusing. Unclear what his point is. Now he explains he was in jail for 33 years for obstruction of justice without any underlying evidence.
I wish you were covering Amash town hall.
Next questioner says her teacher is teaching them to think critically, not emotionally.
Amash says we are at risk of never using impeachment and that is wrong.
There are a lot of protections in place, e.g., 2/3rd in Senate to convict. But it is more dangerous for the country
Especially since I think I am done tweeting this.
She says she doesn't agre with a lot of Amash's policies but applauds his morality.
(I agree with Amash on this.)
Amash now takes on McCarthy - saying he is the GOP leader and goes after
Amash says he won't rule it out, but if he were trying to roll out a campaign for something like Senate or gov or PRes this is not how he would do it.
And it is not coming back.
PS I apologize for all my typos and grammatical errors.
But listening to Amash is fascinating.
He does appear to be doing what he thinks is the moral and ethical thing to do.
He is risking his GOP career as a result of it
But I definitely respect his courage right now.
Constituent asks why he supports non citizens voting.
Amash says he doesn't.
Amash says he thinks this is a question about a vote on a matter to recommit
Amash goes back to his position -- if a parent has a kid who goes to one school district but lives in another
(This is consistent with his libertarian view.)
Amash says the Mich system makes it hard to run as independent.
And that straight ticket voting harms independents.
She says it is confirmed that the Russians were involved in 2016 and what do we do to keep them out of this election.
Amash says it requires more security and the Pres to step up
He wants to keep elections handled at the state and local and that it is a buffer.
Most of the way to handle it is to have a PRes who cares about it.
Amash says he is not worried. He says he believes in the people he represents.
Amash "In any case you should always do what is right."
says he is 2 time Obama voter and 1 time Trump voter
Asks if it is true if he has a factory and makes tools somewhere.
Amash -- I do not have a factory in China. I own part of his family business. He said the family buys less than 10% of his product in china.
He said his opposition to the tariff is against his own financial interest.
(I believe him because he is a free market guy and always has been.)purchases
Woman speaking says the people cheering Amash are dems who didn't vote for him.
She claims she worked for him and voted for him.
She says she has changed her position on Amash -- that he hasn't represented the popular will of his constitutents.
She is disagreeing with him.
She says he made baseless claims of obstruction and that Trump didn't knowingly obstruct justice since there was no corrup intent.
Now she asks why he doesn't talk about FISA abuses.
She is reciting Fox news talking points.
Amash says he tweeted about Barr misrepresenting Mueller report.
Amash says FISA comments are an excuse. That FISA only addresses a small part of the whole situation
He is talking about FISA 702 allows the govt to gather all your information without warrants or probable cause. Amash voted against it. Trump signed that law.
Amash said Devin Nunes and others like him wanted FISA reauthorized.
Then the following week they came out and complained about FISA.
He is asking Amash about ACA and why Amash has opposed it.
Note: I stopped listening for a moment. I needed a glass of wine.
It has to do with FISA or bulk collection of data.
Amash says he is open to looking at all the FISA Stuff.
This has been going on for over 90 minutes.
Ryan asks Amash what his plans are for Climate Change
Amash wants to work with young conservatives to figure out how to handle it in a free market way.
(oh oh oh. I have some ideas for him. I wrote a paper on it)
It is a few years old, but still valid.
I need to send it to Amash.
Now Amash is saying the Drs should make decisions on pain management and not congress. (Sorry. I missed the question.)
Next questioner is asking Amash if he talks to Pelosi. Amash says he hasn't had a conversation with Pelosi.
Questioner says HOpe Hicks shouldn't be able to just decide whether to violate the subpoena
Amash: Obstruction of justice and preventing the rule of law must be addressed.
Woman is speaking and says she ran for office. She didn't say who she was or what she ran for.
She said she canvased last cycle for Republicans. She said the number 1 issue is healthcare. Also fair pay is critical. She asked Justin what he is doing
Same questioner is asking about student debt.
Amash said loans are too easy to get.
(Oh Justin -- why not address the cost of college)
Now she asked him about fair wages