Michigan Rep. Justin Amash says he will not run for president

Posted at 2:25 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 14:38:54-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Rep. Justin Amash announced Saturday that he will not run for president as a third party candidate.

"After much reflection, I've concluded that circumstances don't lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate," he tweeted.

Amash announced in late April that he was exploring a presidential run as a Libertarian Party candidate.

Last July, the congressman left the Republican Party, saying he had become disenchanted with partisan politics and "frightened by what I see from it."

He drew President Donald Trump's ire by saying Trump had engaged in impeachable conduct as described in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report.