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King: Investigations Into Trump, Russians Must Be Transparent

By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 12:57 PM

A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian contacts must be straight up, transparent and nonpartisan in order for Americans to be convinced that nothing illegal had happened, Sen. Angus King said Friday.

"This is what I would call a fraud atmosphere where there's a lot at stake," the Maine Independent told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "There are a lot of emotions on both sides. And yet I can tell you from having served on this committee for four years, the membership is generally consistent ... we generally operate in a – in an entirely nonpartisan way. Very rarely can I remember party line vote. One or two maybe in four years."

The committee consists of eight Republicans, six Democrats and King, who typically votes Democratic. Further, said King, Sen. John McCain, as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, is an ex-officio member who "doesn't take any guff off of anybody."

However, pointed out show host Joe Scarborough, there have been several Trump officials who have "deliberately lied" about meeting with Russian officials.

"The denials remind me of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first 'Star Wars,'" said King. "Remember where he says 'these aren't the droids you're looking for,' and they go on by."

But at the same time, it's important to continue to follow the president and the people to get the information all out, said King.

"It's the drip, drip that’s – that’s really going to be damaging," he said. However, the public will be served as more information is revealed, because eventually the public will believe meetings are being held, but nothing is happening.

Meanwhile, there have been many Democratic lawmakers who claim Attorney General Jeff Sessions perjured himself when testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had not had contact with Russians, but King said he's not quite ready to conclude that.

"Perjury is a very serious charge and it involves some element, if I remember from my law school days correctly, knowledge," said King. "It has to be conscious. You – it has to be conscious. You can’t just be – have forgotten something or make a misstatement. I believe that Senator Sessions should come back before the Judiciary Committee, under oath, as he was before, and answer these questions more directly."

King also said Friday he can't recall anything of the nature of sharing between Trump and his closeness with Russia, except for "the connections between Charles Lindbergh and Nazi Germany in the '30s, and I don’t – you know, he – he spent a lot of time with German leaders during that time. But I can never recall anything of this kind."

King also compared reports of Russians hacking into the servers of the Democratic National Committee to an act of war.

"What if a group of Russian paratroopers had dropped into Washington in the middle of the night, broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters, physically taken the computers out, put them under their arms and escaped in a submarine down the Potomac River or something?" said King.

"I mean that’s essentially what happened. It’s as if there was a physical intrusion. And the fact that it was in cyber doesn't change the fact, as Senator [John] McCain said yesterday, this was an attack on our democracy."

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