May 10, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Schumer doesn't want Rosenstein appointing a special prosecutor

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon and called for three things to happen in the aftermath of James Comey's firing:

  1. He wants the highest-serving career civil servant at the DOJ to appoint a special prosecutor — notably not Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who he previously said Wednesday morning should be in charge of appointing a special prosecutor. (Read our Facts Matter on that process.)
  2. He wants Comey to testify before the Senate, which he has been invited to do on Tuesday.
  3. He "demand[s]" that Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein "brief the Senate and answer questions because of so many things swirling about from last night's firing." Schumer insisted each briefing be done separately.
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