Never before has the possibility of impeaching the President been brought up so early on during their term. In fact, Democrats were even talking about impeaching President Trump before he had even been inaugurated. Until recently, the cause was purely driven by partisan hatred and there were no real merits to the case. Although, when it was reported by James Comey that President Trump had pressured him to stop investigating Michael Flynn, legitimate reasons for impeachment were introduced for the first time: obstruction of justice. Congressman Justin Amash is the first Republican lawmaker to suggest this could merit impeachment.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Wednesday said if the reports about Trump’s pressure on Comey are true, it would merit impeachment.
Amash spoke a day after The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Trump tried to pressure Comey to stop investigating Flynn.
According to a memo written by Comey after the February meeting, the president told Comey “I hope you can let this go.”
Asked by The Hill if the details in the memo would merit impeachment if they’re true, Amash replied: “Yes.”
“But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” Amash added as he left a House GOP conference meeting.
Unlike other libertarian Republicans that have tried to work with President Trump to accomplish mutual goals, Justin Amash has taken a different path. He never even endorsed Donald Trump for President after all. Since day one the Michigan Congressman has been one of the President’s most frequent critics and kept a sharp eye on the White House. Although, even with that history, for Justin Amash to suggest that impeaching President Trump may be justified is a dramatic escalation. This action will reverberate around the Republican party and could lead to other Republicans joining the cause. It’s tough to be first, but now that Justin Amash has broken the seal, he probably won’t be the last to step forward.