Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said Thursday that Congress ought to pass a law supporting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.
King said in an interview with central Maine’s Morning Sentinel that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation “is a concern because [President Donald Trump] obviously was unhappy with Jeff Sessions because of his recusal, but Jeff Sessions did what the law required him to do. The fact that [Trump] passed over [deputy attorney general] Rod Rosenstein to appoint someone else who’s been critical certainly raises concerns. I’m hoping congress can act.”
He added that he supports the bill the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance that would protect Mueller, and said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just “has to do is bring it to the floor for a vote and I think we can lay all this anxiety to rest.”
King said that “regardless of what happens,” the Senate Intelligence Committee will continue to investigate on its own.
Congress is “a co-equal branch in the government, and we have a responsibility to understand what happened in 2016 and to prevent it from ever happening again,” he said. “We’re going to continue to do that.”