Rep. Peter King said it would be "absolutely disgraceful" of the FBI to question if President Trump's motivation for firing former director James Comey was tied to Russia.

The New York Times reported last week that the agency opened a probe on Trump due to his behavior shortly after Comey's ouster.

"That's almost like a coup within the government," King (R-N.Y.) said on America's Newsroom. "This is an indictment of the FBI leadership and it proves, I believe, what President Trump has been saying all along about the bias at the top of the FBI that was against him."

It was also reported that Trump went to great lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russia President Vladimir Putin.


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King said that he doesn't blame the president at all for wanting to hide the alleged conversations, "considering all the leaks that come out of the White House."

"We're talking about national security here. And if you're talking to a foreign leader, [a] person who can be considered an adversary, the last thing you want is that all over the news."

He also noted that then-President Obama was caught on a hot mic discussing missile defense "flexibility" with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev prior to the 2012 election.

He also said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should investigate the FBI for their alleged actions against the president.

"Mueller's probably the ideal person, because he's had so much access, to look at what the FBI did," King said. "Was this an abuse of power by the leading law enforcement organization in the country?"


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