Justin Amash First To Break With Republicans Over Trump Impeachment

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., comments about the vote on the defense spending bill and his failed amendment that would have cut funding to the National Security Agency's program that collects the phone records of U.S. citizens and residents, at the Capitol, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The Amash Amendment narrowly lost, 217-205. The White House and congressional backers of the NSA's electronic surveillance program lobbied against ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans saying it would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. at the Capitol, July 24, 2013. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

In what may be the most material development of the day, moments ago GOP Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said the report that President Trump pressured ousted FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation would merit impeachment if true, becoming the first Republican lawmaker to break from the party and hint at impeachment.

Subsequently, when asked by The Hill if the details in the memo would merit impeachment if they’re true, Amash reiterated “Yes…. But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” Amash added as he left a House GOP conference meeting.

When asked by another reporter whether he trusted Comey’s word or Trump’s, Amash said: “I think it’s pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey.”

According to the Hill, Amash has been 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.

Amash is a frequent conservative critic of the Trump administration, and in the past has broken with the White House on a variety of issues, including healthcare reform, NSA surveillance and the Justice Department’s new tougher sentencing guidelines.

And now all eyes on John McCain who many speculated would be the most vocal Republican opponents of Trump, and the first GOPer to recommend impeachment of his old nemesis.


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