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Schumer says Comey firing could be ‘part of a cover up’

FBI Director James Comey’s firing sends shockwaves through the political world with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer leading the call for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation.
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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) told President Trump he had a big mistake when he fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, sending shock waves throughout the political world.

Trump cited recommendations from Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney Gen. Rod Rosenstein that disapproved of the way the director handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation during last summer’s presidential campaign.

Schumer warned that if a special prosecutor isn’t named by the Justice Department to complete Comey’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, it would indicate his firing was “part of a cover-up.”

“Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president? It is troubling that Attorney General Sessions, who had recused himself from the Russian investigation, played a role in firing the man leading it,” Schumer told reporters Tuesday night. “This is part of a deeply troubling pattern from the Trump administration. They fired Sally Yates. They fired Preet Bharara. And now they fire Director Comey, the very man leading the investigation. This does not seem to be a coincidence.”

Schumer called for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation.

“The American people need to have faith that an investigation as serious as this one is being conducted impartially, without a shred of bias,” Schumer said. “The only way the American people can have faith in this investigation is for it to be lead by a fearless, independent special prosecutor.”

Trump took to Twitter to respond, writing “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, ‘I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.’ Then acts so indignant. #drainthes­wamp.”

Pressed to respond to the Tweet by reporters, Schumer said he never called on the president to fire Comey.

“I have a lot of questions about how he handled himself,” Schumer said. “The overwhelming question is this: If the administration had the same questions, the event occurred months ago, and they should’ve fired Comey on the day they came into office. All of them occurred before he came into office, so that does not seem to me to be a very logical or persuasive explanation.”

Schumer wasn’t alone in demanding an independent prosecutor.

“Director Comey’s dismissal is extremely troubling,” said U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), the Democratic Caucus chairman. “President Trump fired the man investigating him and his cohorts. I strongly support calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor.”

Trump took to Twitter again Wednesday morning.

“The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!” Trump wrote, also predicting, “When things calm down, they will be thanking me!”

Hours later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) rejected calls for a special prosecutor in the Russia investigation and ripped Democrats for their outrage.

“This is what we have now, Mr. President, our Democratic colleagues complaining about the removal of an FBI director whom they themselves repeatedly and sharply criticized,” he said on the Senate floor.

Schumer also spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday.

“No doubt we’ll have an opportunity to question Mr. Comey, now a private citizen, about what happened,” he said. “But we need to hear from this administration about what happened and why.”

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Posted 12:00 am, May 13, 2017
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JimEd from Whitestone says:
Not too long ago the hypocritical and scheming Schumer was throwing darts at Comey's picture. Now that Comey has been fired by POTUS, Schumer is crying (again) foul. LOL
May 13, 8:14 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Part of a cover-up? It is the whole enchilada. This incompetent president-dictator wanna be has done so many shady things and too many Americans just look the other way or don't care. To this day, Trump has still not shown any of his tax returns, has lied every other minute, idolizes dictators all over the world, hates the press and would love to shut the free press down and constantly distorts everything with "fake news" or "alternative facts", invited a Russian spy into the oval office and is slowly dismantling democracy.

This should be a wake up call to ALL AMERICANS, veterans, service men & women. I mean what has happened to patriotism. I could only imagine what Ronald Reagan would think of this anti-American who seems to be tied in with Russia.

Not too mention putting all his family members into White House positions, putting all his buddies, cronies and the 1% elite into his administration.

So folks you are either against the Russians and this dictator wanna be or you are for the Russians. And if you choose the later, you are NO AMERICAN.

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May 13, 8:14 am
anon39 from queens says:
Have you noticed the the so called heart attack of the Russian Ambassador was just an "obituary" news. What did he know?
May 13, 10:47 am
Tom from Tom@aol.com says:
Trump is a mentally incompetent person who with even more mentally competent people for supporters. This is why mental health is more important than ever.
May 13, 9:54 pm
yshaggy from jamaica says:
Can anyone tell me anything that Schumer has accomplished, when something happens up he pops, classic do nothing so-called politician.
May 14, 8:54 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
To all you so-called patriots who love to scream AMERICA.

Pick on, either AMERICA or RUSSIA. Let's see how damn patriotic you really are. AND why doesn't the thought of idiot Trump in collusion with Russia ring warning bells.'

Again, RUSSIA or AMERICA.

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May 14, 5:23 pm
Simply the best from Queens says:
Mr. Trump is the best president I have seen so far in my 50 plus years. So funny that bald ugly guys hate him the most. But seriously, he is the CEO of our nation and as such can fire any Obama hold over without ANY explanation to me or to Senator Chuck.
May 15, 1:09 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Simply the best from Queens says:
Mr. Trump is the best president I have seen so far in my 50 plus years.
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Is that 50 years in a fruit fly life.

Of course a President can fire an FBI director, but why do it in the middle of an investigation if the Trump administration was in collusion with Russia. AND no he is not the CEO of our nation. Our nation is NOT a company and he is NOT a CEO, but a President, not a dictator. But thanks for the info low-information voter called Simply the Best from Queens. That is a joke in itself.

Again you are for DEMOCRACY or COMMUNISM. And if you pick the later, you should get your Russia citizenship and see how great it is to live there.

I will say it again to you fake American Patriots. You are on the side of America or Russia.

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May 15, 3:34 pm
Davis from Queens says:
Well that's funny: Not too long ago the manipulating fake-tears Schumer was demonizing Comey. Any way which way the mop flops, eh Schumer. The very mention of his blackened name makes me long for a voting booth.
May 15, 3:45 pm
The Pale Orc from Middle Earth says:
LOL ((( cuck schumer ))) who listens to this lying cry baby? One minute he's calling for Comey's head, the next he's saying it's an outrage that he was fired. I wouldn't let cuck mow my lawn...
May 16, 4:10 pm

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