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Amash speaks on Syria as White House continues to make its case
WASHINGTON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Township) took to the airwaves Sunday, opening up about why he's against a military intervention in Syria.
Amash held a series of town hall meetings from Kent to Calhoun County last week, asking folks what they thought about the possibility of war. On "Face the Nation," he said he was astonished by what he learned.
"I think nobody rebuts the evidence we've been presented at the briefings," Amash says. "But I would also say that the evidence is not as strong as the public statements that the president and his administration have been making. And I've actually urged the administration, in the most recent briefing, for example, to be more forward with the public about what the situation actually is."
The interview came the same day Charlie Rose of CBS sat down with President Bashar Assad, who says the Syrian regime is watching Washington.
Assad tells "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose he had nothing to do with the chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people outside Damascus.
According to Rose, "He basically says, 'There has been no evidence I used chemical weapons against my own people, and if in fact the administration has evidence, then they should show that evidence.'"
Assad blames rebels for last month's deadly attack. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says Assad is lying.
"Every indication that we have is that he and every member of congress we have spoken to accepts the intelligence that they carried out this attack," McDonough says.
The White House is trying to convince lawmakers and a skeptical American public the Syrian government needs to be held accountable. The Obama administration released this video it's using to make the case to Congress -- showing Syrian men, women and children suffering from alleged exposure to poison gas.
"Those videos make it clear to people that these are real human beings, real children , parents being affected in ways that are unacceptable to anybody, anywhere by any standards," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says.
This week President Obama is making a final push to rally support for military action. He'll address the nation from the White House Tuesday. Wednesday, the Senate will hold the first key vote on whether to authorize reject a military strike against Syria.