A surprising report published by The Hill suggests that Republican support for President Donald Trump is beginning to erode. The latest snafu concerns the rumors that President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Without support from his Republican colleagues, Trump may face impeachment.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is one of the first to speak openly about the possibility. He told The Hill Wednesday that, if the rumors about Trump’s attempts to curtail the Flynn investigation
The Hill asked Amash directly if the charges against Trump would warrant impeachment, and Amash answered very directly: “Yes.”
“But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” he added.
This marked turn in support is significant. Democratic lawmakers have been examining every angle of the Trump/Russia connection in the hopes of finding the proverbial smoking gun. Most of their allegations have been just that, allegations.
Even the dismissal of Comey, a move Trump’s administration thought would have bipartisan support, was seen as a potential obstruction of justice. Yet the investigation into Russia’s influence over the 2016 election continues.
And President Trump remains shielded from impeachment so long as the Republican party is in the majority. If Republicans like Amash are willing to vote their confidences and not stick with party loyalties, the fate of the President is less certain.
Amash was asked who he trusted more, President Trump or former Director Comey. “I think it’s pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey,” he answered.
Amash joined Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) to cosponsor a Democratic bill that could establish an independent commission to investigate Russian election meddling.
Other Republicans, like Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.), are making comparisons to the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon.
“Obstruction of justice in the case of Nixon, in the case of Clinton in the late 90s, has been considered an impeachable offense,” Curbelo said. “It may be something very serious, it may be nothing.”
It may be something. It may be nothing. Until the leaked memo that Comey wrote immediately following his conversation with President Trump can be corroborated, it may just be another headache for the Trump administration.