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Schumer: I’ve lost confidence in FBI director

Victoria Sarno Jordan

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is joining a growing chorus of criticism over FBI Director James Comey’s decision to alert lawmakers to new emails potentially linked to the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server.  

“I do not have confidence in him any longer,” Schumer — who is poised to be the Senate’s top Democrat in 2017 — told Bloomberg on Wednesday. 
 
{mosads}Comey has drawn bipartisan backlash for a letter he sent Friday to Congress about the FBI’s decision to open a new review into emails that could be “pertinent” to the agency’s separate probe of Clinton’s email setup while leading the State Department. 
 
Schumer added Wednesday that “to restore my faith, I am going to have to sit down and talk to him and get an explanation for why he did this.” 
 
Democrats have questioned the timing of the letter, which came 11 days before the presidential election, arguing Comey broke with the FBI’s long-standing rule of not interfering with presidential elections. 
 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), the House Democratic leader, suggested Wednesday that Comey could lose his job over this misstep, floating that he could be one of the “casualties” of the 2016 election. 
 
“Maybe he’s not in the right job,” Pelosi said to CNN, declining to say if he should resign or be removed.
 
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) expressed regret over the weekend for helping Comey get confirmed to his current post. 
 
The retiring Senate Democratic leader added that Comey may have violated a federal law that bans government officials from using their posts to sway elections. 
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