Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says President Donald Trump should not have pressed senior Republicans to end a Senate Intelligence Committee probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
According to a new report in the New York Times, Trump repeatedly asked GOP leaders, including the chairman of the committee, to complete the investigation.
King responded to the report during an interview Friday on MSNBC.
“It was inappropriate to make those calls. Again, it adds to the impression that, if this is a guy who’s as innocent as he says, why is he trying to shut down investigations?” King said.
King and Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine are both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. King says he had no knowledge of the president’s efforts, but he is encouraged that GOP Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the committee, has continued the probe.