GOP lawmaker says Trump impeachment requires ‘high standard’ but allegations serious

GOP lawmaker says Trump impeachment requires ‘high standard’ but allegations serious
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Michigan Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration House approves motion condemning anti-Semitism Schiff: Intel chiefs testimony may ‘undermine’ Trump’s ability to declare emergency for wall MORE (R) says that allegations made this week by Michael Cohen, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE's former longtime attorney, are "serious" and deserve consideration by members of Congress.

But Amash cautioned that impeachment requires a "high standard" of evidence and should not be undertaken lightly.

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"Many of the allegations against @POTUS are serious and should be taken seriously, especially by members of Congress," the congressman and frequent Trump critic tweeted Thursday afternoon.

"We should allow Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to complete his investigation and issue his report before taking any action potentially affecting the president’s tenure," Amash continued. 

"I believe that a very high standard must be met to overturn the results of an election," he said. "I hope that we don’t get to this point, but I think it’s important, given recent news, that members of Congress share their thoughts on this matter with the people they represent."

Cohen wrote in court filings this week, upon submitting a guilty plea on charges of bank and tax fraud, that he was directed by then-candidate Trump in 2016 to make payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who were threatening to come forward with allegations of affairs with Trump.

The admission from Cohen follows denials from the president himself as well as administration staffers over whether the president knew anything about the payments, which are under investigation as possible unreported campaign donations.

A number of Democrats are claiming that Cohen's confession, as well as the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMueller subpoenas former Cambridge Analytica employee Make the special counsel report public for the sake of Americans Paul Manafort should not be sentenced to 20 years in prison MORE on the same day this week, are proof of rampant corruption within Trump's campaign and administration.

Amash and other Republicans have urged the administration to let the special counsel investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia continue amid the news.