Amash: Allegations could be grounds for Trump impeachment if true

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Grand Rapids, speaks with 24 Hour News 8 before a town hall meeting in Cedar Springs on April 10, 2017.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican Justin Amash of Grand Rapids says it could be grounds for impeachment if President Donald Trump urged FBI Director James Comey to end a probe of former adviser Michael Flynn.

Asked by The Hill political newspaper whether the allegations, if true, could be grounds for impeachment, Amash said they could. He went on to say that “everybody in this country gets a fair trial, (whether) it’s the president or anyone else.”

Amash became the first Republican lawmaker to raise the specter of impeachment. However, Amash has been a consistent critic of Trump, as well as an opponent of House Republican leadership and his views are not widely representative.

The New York Times was the first to report on a February memo by Comey that suggested Trump asked him to lay off Flynn. Trump later fired Comey.