Independent senator: Impeachment could be considered

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingNew US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations Schumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform Bipartisan lawmakers signal support for Biden cybersecurity picks MORE, a Maine independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he now “reluctantly” believes that impeachment is on the table for President Trump, following reports that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The New York Times first reported that Trump asked Comey after a February meeting to “see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” according to a memo the then-FBI director wrote. 

The meeting took one day after Flynn resigned, according to the Times, which reported that Comey's memo was part of an effort to create a paper trail documenting what he saw as Trump’s improper influence on the investigation.

In an interview on CNN on Tuesday evening, Wolf Blitzer asked King if the details of the report may bring lawmakers “closer to the possibility of yet another impeachment process.”


“Reluctantly, I have to say yes, because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense,” King responded.

“I say it with sadness and reluctance. This is not something I have advocated for, or the word has not passed my lips in this whole tumultuous three of four months.”

But the Senate Intelligence Committee member said Tuesday's report that Trump would attempt to influence Comey is “very serious.”

“If indeed the president tried to tell the director of the FBI who worked for him that he should drop an investigation, whether it was Michael Flynn or whether it was some investigation that had nothing to do with Russia or politics or the election,” he added, “that’s a very serious matter.