“I think we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got to slow down and take a deep breath,” King told MSNBC.
Sen. Angus King (I-ME) said that he is not ready to call for President Trump to be impeached, in response to the New York Times report regarding former FBI Director Comey’s memo during an interview on Wednesday.
According to the Times, President Trump asked FBI Director Comey to end his investigation into national security advisor Michael Flynn.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski asked King if he is ready to call for President Trump to impeached after the Times report.
“I’m not there yet. I think we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got to slow down and take a deep breath,” King told Brzezinski.
King continued: “We really need the facts. We need to see the memos. We don’t know what the context was. We don’t even have Jim Comey authenticating the memo.”
“There’s a long way to go before we start talking about changing the presidency or removing someone from office,” King concluded. “No president has been removed from office using [high crimes and misdemeanor]. It cannot be used to simply change somebody whose politics we don’t like. That would be a real disservice to the Constitution.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough asked King if Democrats’ continued calls for impeachment plays into Trump’s claims that, “the media and the political establishment is overreacting and hyperventilating and being too aggressive in charges against [him].”
“I think that’s right,” King responded. “And I think the problem is when you talk about an impeachment or removal of a president, you’re talking about nullifying an election.”
“What are you hearing from your Republican constituents?” Scarborough followed up.
“Well, I think it’s as you characterized it. I mean, a lot of folks who supported Donald Trump think there’s some kind of Democratic plot to kind of try to nullify the election and snatch away from what they won,” King responded.
King continued, “I think one of the mistakes, and I can say this as an independent, the Democrats have to listen to these folks. They have to understand that, you know, 60-plus million people voted for Donald Trump.”
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