If an independent commission were put in charge of the probe into Russia meddling in the 2016 election, instead of House and Senate intelligence committees, the investigation would have to start from the beginning, according to Sen. Angus King, a member of the Senate intelligence panel.
"The issue is, if we start with a new so-called independent commission, it would still be appointed by and created by Congress and perhaps even the president, and you'd end up starting all over again," King (I-Maine) said Tuesday on CNN's "New Day."
"We have 15 now, eight Republicans, six Democrats, and me. It would look largely like that. I don't know that you would gain anything," King added.
King said the committee's experience is key to the success of the operation. "Our committee has a history of dealing with the intelligence community. We know the people. We have the clearances. We're already deep into the document search.
"In the long run, we have to produce a report that's credible. If it's not credible, if it's not independent, then the public isn't going to accept it," King said.
The senator said that the probe's staff has investigative experience, despite reports. He admitted, however, that the probe needed prosecutors and hoped to bring them in as the probe continues.
"I think we should bring in some prosecutorial experience, if you will, people who are experts at examining witnesses and getting to the bottom of these kinds of questions," King said.
He acknowledged frustration with the pace of the investigation: "Everybody wants to get in on this, everybody wants an answer. My major concern is we get it right."
Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is working well, King said. "I haven't seen evidence of Chairman Burr slow-walking this. If I do, I'm going to poke him."
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