FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo shows Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., followed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, leaving a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington.
FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo shows Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., followed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, leaving a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington.

U.S. Congressman Justin Amash says he is exploring a presidential run as a Libertarian Party candidate. 

He announced his plans Tuesday, saying the country is ready for a president who brings people together and restores respect for the Constitution. 

Amash drew attention last July when he left the Republican Party to become an independent, citing a dissatisfaction with the state of partisan politics. 

He has also been a critic of President Donald Trump and joined Democrats in voting for Trump’s impeachment. 

The Libertarian Party welcomed Amash’s interest and said it anticipates a “robust debate” among several candidates.