Despite his previous criticism against James Comey for his handling of Hilary Clinton’s emails in the 2016 election, Senator Chuck Schumer (D – New York) strongly opposes the recent termination of the FBI Director.
Congress has been experiencing significant division since the White House’s statement announcing Comey’s fate on Tuesday. The partisanship has been impeding the actions of Senate committees as Democrats resist Republicans.
Republicans in office pledged to “be a check on executive power” from the beginning of Trump’s election, but they expressed support for the FBI Director’s condemnation, according to a report from the New York Times.
Schumer is resisting the Republicans’ mindset to the utmost in response to Tuesday’s events. He went so far as to impede Susan Collins’ request for a meeting of the Special Committee on Aging. Schumer’s justification for his objection made “no sense” to Democrats in the Senate, as he merely claimed:
We have no path forward on the horrible and momentous events of last night.
Schumer also pointed out in a press briefing about the events of Tuesday the “deeply troubling pattern” of termination of officials who get involved in the Russian investigation. He defended Comey and accused Trump of making a mistake.
However, in November Schumer was caught saying this to Bloomberg:
Senate Democratic leader-in-waiting Chuck Schumer said Wednesday he’s lost confidence in FBI Director James Comey over his handling of the most recent disclosure in the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation — a tough rebuke to a man Schumer has long admired.
“I do not have confidence in him any longer,” said the New York Democrat, who has criticized as “appalling” Comey’s decision to send a letter to lawmakers 11 days before the election disclosing the bureau’s new review of e-mails potentially pertinent to the investigation of Clinton’s private server.
“To restore my faith, I am going to have to sit down and talk to him and get an explanation for why he did this,” Schumer said in an interview.
Obviously, Schumer’s feelings toward Comey have changed with the recent division. Is this strictly a partisan matter? Or is something deeper stirring in the hearts of leaders as the Russian investigation causes more and more speculation?
Let us know what you think in the comments.
Credit: Washington Examiner