Sen. Angus King: Impeachment 'Would Strengthen the President'

By Susan Jones | April 19, 2019 | 8:01am EDT
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) is not jumping on the impeachment bandwagon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) advised against impeaching President Trump on Friday, telling CNN it would be better to wait for the 2020 election.

"As all of your commentators have been saying, essentially impeachment is a political process," King told CNN's "New Day."

And in my view, there's an even better political process coming right down the road on almost the same time frame and that's the elections of 2020. I think that's where this decision should be made about the president's conduct with all this information out in the public.

And it strikes me as not a terribly effectively political motto to say hey, I wasn't indicted. I mean, that's not a -- that's not a big plus. But that's where I think the decision should be made.

For Congress to go through an impeachment process would be -- it would take probably 18 months, which would lead right up to the election. And it would be divisive. Many people in the country, probably a third of them, would feel that it was, you know, the Democrats' revenge from 2016. I think it would actually strengthen the president if we went through that process.

I think it's much better for these facts to be out there, for people to talk about them, what the administration did, what the president did. And let the people decide in 2020. That's -- that's the political process I believe in.

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