Michigan Rep Becomes First Republican To Talk Trump Impeachment

Michigan Rep Becomes First Republican To Talk Trump Impeachment

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said Wednesday that if President Trump pressed former FBI Director James Comey to end its investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, it would be grounds for impeachment, even though a prominent constitutional scholar argued the memo — even if reports are true — offers no grounds for impeachment.

The Hill asked Amash on Wednesday if the details in the memo would merit impeachment.

“Yes,” Amash said, making him the first congressional Republican to take that position.

“But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” the lawmaker added.

Amash was asked by another reporter if he trusted Comey’s account of what happened during his meeting with the president or Trump’s.

“I think it’s pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey,” Amash said.

The Michigan representative is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and has been critical of the president, most notably of late in the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. He likened Trump to a fifth-grade child and a bully.

In the original version of the House Republican health care bill, Amash accused the president of bowing to the Washington, D.C. establishment.

“Amash is one of only two House Republicans to cosponsor a Democratic bill to establish an independent commission to investigate Russia’s role in the election. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., has also endorsed the legislation,” The Hill reported.

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley argues in an op-ed published by The Hill on Wednesday that the Comey memo, even if true, is not grounds for impeachment.

He said using it to make the case for obstruction of justice is “awfully thin soup.”

“Some commentators seem to be alleging criminal conduct in office or calling for impeachment before Trump completed the words of his inaugural oath of office,” Turley said. “Not surprising, within minutes of the New York Times report, the response was a chorus of breathless ‘gotcha’ announcements. But this memo is neither the Pentagon Papers nor the Watergate tapes. Indeed, it raises as many questions for Comey as it does Trump in terms of the alleged underlying conduct.”

He added, “The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo. There are dozens of different variations of obstruction charges ranging from threatening witnesses to influencing jurors. None would fit this case.”

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Source: westernjournalism.com