While House speaker Paul Ryan says he has “full confidence” in Donald Trump, the first Republican stepped forward with talk of impeachment.
On Wednesday, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said that the bombshell reports on Trump trying to shut down an investigation on Michael Fynn would merit impeachment. Former FBI Director James Comey left a paper trail, something which he’s known for doing. The memo stated that Trump approached Comey in an attempt to end the investigation into Flynn’s seemingly nefarious ties to Russia.
Amash is the first Republican lawmaker to mention impeachment.
Amash told The Hill the details in the memo would be grounds for impeachment.
“But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” Amash added as he left a House GOP conference meeting.
Another reporter asked Amash whether he trusted Comey’s word or Trump’s. “I think it’s pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey,” Amash said.
The Hill reports:
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.
It’s telling that he trusts Comey more than Trump.
Amash tells reporters that if Comey memo allegations are true, it’s grounds for impeachment. Says he trusts Comey more than Trump.
— Katie Bo Williams (@KatieBoWill) May 17, 2017
Amash has been a frequent critic of Trump’s. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill), on the other hand, has voted in favor of every bill since Trump took the oath of office and he’s calling for an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.
— New Day (@NewDay) May 17, 2017
Rep. Tom Cole weighed in:
GOP Rep Tom Cole (OK) to me: “While I’m no Comey fan, I won’t defend anyone who obstructs justice. time for Comey to appear before Congress”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 17, 2017
On Tuesday night, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) described the scandals plaguing the White House as “of Watergate-size and scale.”
“The only thing I can say is, I think we’ve seen this movie before,” he said. “I think it’s reaching a point where it’s of Watergate-size and scale, and a couple of other scandals that you and I have seen. It’s a centipede that the shoe continues to drop. And every couple of days, there’s a new aspect of this really unhappy situation.”
“And you know, my friends, none of us — no matter what our political leanings are, no matter how we feel about Trump — feel this is not good for America,” he added.
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