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Michigan Rep. Amash: Comey memo could be grounds for Trump impeachment

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Posted at 11:44 AM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 11:44:49-04

U.S. House Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) was the first Republican to tell reporters that if former FBI Director James Comey’s memo allegations are true, it’s grounds for impeachment of President Donald Trump.

"I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey," Christina Marcos of The Hill Tweeted.

The standoff between Trump and his former FBI director intensified with the news of Comey's memo saying that Trump asked him to shut down the agency's investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey took notes during the meeting with Trump. The existence of the memo was first reported by The New York Times. The White House denied the account.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

Trump wrote to Comey that the dismissal was necessary to restore public trust and confidence. Often lauded for his independence, Comey had come under intense scrutiny in past months for his role in the agency's investigation into the email practices of Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the final days of the campaign.