Schumer hits Trump for condemning 'ridiculous partisan investigations': ‘He’s scared'

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGetting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (D-N.Y.) early Wednesday denounced President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE for saying that "ridiculous partisan investigations" are one of the only things that could stop the U.S. from making progress, saying that it shows Trump is "scared."

"One of the functions of the Congress, the Article 1 section of government from the days of the Founding Fathers, was oversight of the executive branch," Schumer said on CNN's "New Day."  


"And the president says, ‘if you investigate me I’m not going to make progress.’ That's doing what he did with the shutdown: holding the American people hostage," Schumer continued.

He added that Trump is likely "scared" of the investigations Democratic lawmakers are prepared to launch. 

"He’s got something to hide," Schumer added. "Because if he had nothing to hide he’d just shrug his shoulders and let these investigations go forward."

Trump late Tuesday gave his second State of the Union address from the U.S. Capitol. He used the speech to discuss a range of issues, including immigration, criminal justice reform and North Korea. 

He said during the speech that an "economic miracle" was taking place and that the only thing that could stop it were "foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations.”

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way,” Trump said. 

The comments came as House Democrats, who regained control of the lower chamber in November's midterm elections, prepare to jump-start several investigations into the president and the administration. 

The House Intelligence Committee is relaunching its investigation into Russia's election interference and the Oversight and Reform Committee has announced a probe into the White House security clearance process. 

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russia's election interference and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign is also reportedly nearing its conclusion. 

Schumer and Trump have frequently feuded throughout the president's time in office. Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor that the administration was mired in "chaos," prompting Trump to say that the New York Democrat was only critical of him because Republicans held onto the Senate last November.

“I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn’t seen it yet," Trump tweeted. "He’s just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren’t given more credit for the Senate win by the media!”