Schumer recuses himself on Comcast-Time Warner

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he will recuse himself from the anticipated regulatory battle over Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable, according a report from Capital New York.

Initially, Schumer had been a vocal supporter of the $45.2 billion deal announced last week, which will combine the country's largest and second-largest cable companies, if it can get past federal regulators.

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Schumer's announcement to recuse himself comes after a weekend report from The American Lawyer, which highlighted the senator's younger brother — Robert Schumer, a corporate lawyer and partner at Paul Weiss — for his role in the deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

"As Senator Schumer and his brother had never discussed the matter before, the piece in American Lawyer was the first Senator Schumer learned that his brother had worked on the deal," a spokesman for Schumer said in a statement.

"Now that he’s aware of his brother’s involvement, Senator Schumer will recuse himself from Congressional consideration of the matter to avoid any appearance of bias."

Last week, Schumer said in a statement that he anticipates that "the results of the merger will be positive for New York."

Schumer pointed to a commitment from Time Warner Cable to bring a new call center and create jobs in parts of upstate New York. 

He said he urged Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen "to maintain the entire [Time Warner Cable] workforce in New York and consider adding to their presence — and while there was no guarantee — my expectation is that Comcast will invest in New York — as they did after the merger with NBC — and the results of the merger will be positive for New York.”