GOP Lawmaker: Comey Memo Grounds For Impeachment

| by Robert Fowler

Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan agreed with a reporter that if a memo written by former FBI director James Comey detailing President Donald Trump's alleged impropriety is proven true, then impeachment would be on the table.

On May 16, The New York Times revealed the existence of a potentially explosive FBI memo written by Comey. In the memo, the former bureau director recounted a conversation he had with Trump, in which the president allegedly asked Comey to drop an FBI investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Trump allegedly told Comey.

On Feb. 13, Flynn resigned after news reports revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the substance of his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Dec. 2016. The FBI had been investigating Flynn for financial ties to the Russian and Turkish governments.

The Comey memo was written shortly after Feb. 14, when Trump allegedly made his request to the FBI director.

The White House denied the allegations in a statement, asserting that Trump "has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn."

On May 16, Amash reacted to the disclosure of the Comey memo on social media.

"The allegations reportedly contained in the memo are incredibly serious," Amash tweeted out. "Mr. Comey also needs to testify in open session ASAP."

On May 16, Amash was asked by a reporter in Capitol Hill if the allegations laid out in Comey's memo would be grounds for impeaching Trump if proven accurate, WXMI reports.

"Yes," Amash responded.

The Michigan lawmaker was then asked if he was more inclined to believe Comey's word or the president's denial.

"I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey," Amash said.

A member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Amash was among the only GOP lawmakers to cosponsor a House bill calling for an independent probe of the Russian government's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said that further information was needed to corroborate the Comey memo.

"There's been a lot of reporting lately," Ryan said during a press conference on Capitol Hill, according to the Huffington Post. "I think that deserves close examination ... I'm sure we're going to want to hear from Mr. Comey about why, if this happened as he allegedly describes, why didn't he take action at the time."

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