U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, who has cited civility and mutual respect in Congress as being among his priorities, joked Wednesday that a Republican colleague in the House who accused President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct had suffered head injuries at some point in his life.
Speaking at a town hall-style meeting in York County, Smucker said fifth-term Rep. Justin Amash wasn't thinking clearly when he alleged Trump demonstrated "a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment."
"I think somebody sort of turned (Amash) upside down and dropped him on his head. It doesn't make sense. I don't know why he would think there are any grounds for impeachment. It's just not there," Smucker is quoted as saying by the York Dispatch newspaper.
In tweeted remarks over the weekend, Amash wrote that he's read special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Trump's conduct during and after the 2016 presidential election. Mueller did not find evidence of conspiracy with Russia, but he revealed startling details about Trump's efforts to shut down the probe and made no recommendation on obstruction.
Amash did, becoming the only Republican in Congress to call for the House to formally charge the president. "Mueller's report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment," Amash, a longtime Trump critic, tweeted on Saturday after reading the report.
Specificially, Amash tweeted, the findings identify "multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice."
Smucker, who has defended Trump and has urged Americans to move past the Mueller probe, is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus and has called for greater civility in Congress.
“We here in Congress are charged with an enormous task,” he said in 2017. “In today’s divisive and heated public discourse, we must be an example to our constituents by showing respect for one another at all times.”
In an interview earlier this month with the Lititz Record Express, a publication of LNP Media Group, Smucker touted his work toward that end. “We know we probably can’t change the polarization in the country but we can at least set an example,” he told a reporter.