“We need to have the facts,” he said. “That’s why we need to do an in-depth investigation.”
Rep. Al Green, Texas Democrat, called for impeachment Monday, saying the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey last week was an attempt to intimidate and obstruct the bureau’s probe into potential illicit connections between Trump campaign figures and the Russian government. Other Democrats have been floating the idea of impeachment since Mr. Trump’s presidency began, but were emboldened by Mr. Comey’s firing.
Then, the Washington Post reported Monday that Mr. Trump gave information designated at “code word” level, meaning beyond top secret, during a meeting with Russia’s the foreign minister. The Post said U.S. intelligence agencies were scrambling to do damage control afterward.
“It ought not to be taken lightly. It ought not to be taken politically,” he said.
Mr. Hoyer said the best was to delve into Russian affair is through a special investigative commission, akin to the one that probe the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He said he is not a fan of special prosecutors, though he would be open to one as a secondary option.
“We need to go from expressing concern to taking action,” he said.
Mr. Hoyer trained much of his criticism at GOP leaders, including Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who during the campaign said Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shouldn’t receive classified briefings because her use of private email at the State Department put sensitive information at risk.
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