U.S. Rep. Justin Amash voluntarily stepped down from the conservative House Freedom Caucus on Monday, June 10, 2019.
The move comes less than a month after becoming the first Republican in Congress to say that according to the report by special counsel Robert Mueller that President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice.
Amash told CNN’s Haley Byrd that he stepped down because he did not want, “to be a further distraction for the group.”
“I have the highest regard for them, and they’re my close friends,” Amash told Byrd.
He was one of the founding members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and was elected in 2010 as part of the Tea Party wave.
The DeVos family, who live in his district, pulled their financial support in May.
Amash held a town hall in Grand Rapids and answered questions for over two hours from the people he represents.
Amash’s office confirmed that he voluntarily resigned from the caucus.