It’s important that the Libyan people oust Col. Moammar Gadhafi themselves, Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) said Friday.

Schumer said the U.S. could be involved in getting rid of Gadhafi, but that it would be best if this were done by Libyans themselves.

“I think it's important that he be ousted from power and I think it'd be a lot better if his own people ousted him,” Schumer said on MSNBC.

Schumer’s comments come as the Obama administration faces criticism from Republicans in Congress over the goals for the Libyan campaign. In a letter to Obama, Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio) complained of a “sometimes contradictory” case for the war.

The administration has insisted that the military’s mission is to protect Libyan civilians, describing the campaign as an effort to prevent a humanitarian crisis. Yet the mission has also bombed Gadhafi’s compound, and officials have said U.S. policy is that Gadhafi should leave power. Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE has said it would be difficult to have peace in Libya with Gadhafi around.

Schumer said that the U.S. has been succeeding in the goals it set in getting involved in Libya: offering humanitarian aid and disrupting “command and control lines of Gadhafi.”

Schumer described the mission as also to allow rebel forces in Libya to strengthen themselves and remove Gadhafi from power.