Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, urged Democrats to be cautious when issuing calls for President Donald Trump to be impeached.
"I'm not there yet," the Maine senator said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I think we've got a long way to go. We've got to slow down and take a breath . . . 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. We have a memo that's attributed to him. We have the White House saying that the conversation didn't occur. We need to see what, if any, evidence they have of that," King said during the interview, referring to The New York Times report that said now-former FBI Director James Comey wrote down Trump's request to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn.
"There's a long way to go before we start talking about changing the presidency or removing someone from office . . . High crimes and misdemeanors is a very high bar," the senator said, referring to the wording of Section 4, Article 2 of the Constitution.
"It cannot be used to simply change somebody whose politics we don't like," King cautioned during the "Morning Joe" interview.
The senator said getting the truth of the situation was vital to resolving it.
"I want to focus on getting the facts of what happened in that conversation. It's very serious if you're talking about the president of the United States, who's the boss of the executive branch, talking to the head of the FBI, suggesting that an investigation, an active investigation, should be terminated, that's a pretty serious matter. And it's one that we have to get to the bottom of before we start talking about whatever else happens later," King said in the interview.
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