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Top Senate Dem may try to stall FBI confirmation

15 May 2017

The New York Democrat called on Republicans to put an independent investigation over party loyalty, and referenced the Republican senator who said of then-President Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigation: "What did the President know, and when did he know it?"

Schumer said on CNN's "State of the Union" that "the key here, of course, is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us". Chuck Schumer (D-NY) strongly signaled that Democrats wouldn't support Trump's pick to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director unless a special prosecutor is appointed to investigate Trump and Russian Federation. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the USA election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

"Now he seems to be violating that recusal that seems on its face to be part of this and look, I called for him to step down when he didn't tell the truth about the Russians because it's the highest law enforcement officer in the land", he noted.

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"People would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Schumer said.

Trump has said he removed Comey because he was not doing a good job and that Comey lost the support of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees.

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The notion that Democrats might refuse to vote on any nominee put forward by Trump to be the bureau's director was first floated last week by a handful of lawmakers including Sens. GOP leaders in Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have resisted appointing their own special counsel or commission to investigate, saying ongoing investigations within the FBI and House and Senate committees into Russia's attempt to influence the 2016 election were enough.

Schumer said, "What happened this week makes it all-important that we get a special prosecutor".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said on Sunday there may come a time when a special prosecutor is needed but not now. "So you don't need a special prosecutor", Graham said on "Meet the Press".

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Top Senate Dem may try to stall FBI confirmation