Senator Angus King (I-Maine) told Wolf Blitzer that if the explosive claims in the New York Times report Tuesday about a Comey memo were true, that President Trump committed obstruction of justice and could be impeached over it.
"Just want to be clear," Blitzer asked, "if in fact these allegations, reported first in the New York Times, and now being confirmed by CNN and other news organizations, if these allegations Senator are true are we getting closer and closer to the possibility of yet another impeachment process?"
"Reluctantly, Wolf," King responded, "I have to say yes simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense."
"And I say it with sadness and reluctance," he continued, "I'm not, this is not something I've advocated for, the word has not passed my lips in this whole tumultuous three or four months but 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 an investigation that had nothing to do with Russia or politics or the election, that's a very serious matter."
The New York Times report details a memo from Comey written about an interaction he allegedly had with President Trump soon after Mike Flynn resigned as national security adviser. Comey's memo reportedly documents Trump asking Comey to cease an FBI investigation into Flynn, which many are calling obstruction of justice.
Flynn resigned after lying to Vice President Mike Pence about a meeting he had with a Russian ambassador.
Senator King is an Independent, but he caucuses with the Democrats.
Many Republicans simply avoided commenting Tuesday on the story which was confirmed by sources to NBC and CNN, but was produced from anonymous sources. Trump and other Republicans have loudly denounced the stream of stories in the media from anonymous sources.
Ironically, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Monday told a town hall audience that they could not simply impeach Trump because they disliked him or disliked his hair, they needed real legal grounds to do so.