Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who announced July 4 that he is leaving the Republican party, said Sunday that he is not ruling out a run for president.
“I still wouldnt rule anything like that out,” Amash told CNNs Jake Tapper when asked if he is considering a presidential bid.
Amash did not give a timeline for when he will decide whether to run, saying that “its not something thats right on my radar right now.”
Amash, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, announced in a July 4 op-ed in The Washington Post that he was “declaring my independence” from the GOP. (RELATED: Justin Amash Leaves Republican Party)
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“Im asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. Im asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it,” he wrote.
On May 18, Amash became the first Republican in Congress to call for Trump to be impeached in the wake of the special counsels investigation. Amash said that Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct,” and that Attorney General William Barr had “deliberately” misrepresented special counsel Robert Muellers report in his public statements about the investigation.