Following the bombshell report that President Donald Trump asked recently fired FBI Director James Comey back in February to nix the investigation into ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, a member of the Senate said it looks like this could rise to the level of impeachment.
Appearing on CNN, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) stated that if the New York Times story is accurate and Trump asked Comey to “let this go,” this is “close to the legal definition of obstruction of justice.” He went on to state this would first need to go before the House of Representatives before it comes to the Senate.
“We don’t want to get into the situation where we’re charging our president based on any kind of political considerations,” King told host Wolf Blitzer. “The Constitution was very clear. It has to be high crimes and misdemeanors.”
When pressed by Blitzer later if we are getting close to another impeachment process, King answered in the affirmative.
“Reluctantly, Wolf, I have to say yes,” he noted. “Simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense. and I say it with sadness and reluctance.”
King’s discussion of “obstruction of justice” came shortly after CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin claimed that this story was the very definition of the term.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
UPDATE 7:52 PM ET: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) also told CNN this evening that this rises to the level of an impeachable offense:
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