Schumer calls on Northam to resign

Schumer calls on Northam to resign
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNew York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat Hillicon Valley: Intel officials warned lawmakers Russia interfering in 2020 | Pompeo condemns Russian cyberattack on country of Georgia | Tech activists see Kickstarter union as breakthrough | Pentagon agency suffers data breach MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should resign, following a yearbook photo that surfaced Friday showing a man wearing blackface and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
 
"It’s past time. Governor Northam should resign so Virginia can move forward," Schumer said in a tweet.
 
Schumer's comments — the first he's made since the scandal erupted Friday — join a growing chorus of Democrats pressuring Northam to step down, something the governor has, so far, refused to do. 
 
Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students MORE (D-Va.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerCongress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama Intel officials warned House lawmakers Russia is interfering to get Trump reelected: NYT Trump officially makes Richard Grenell acting intelligence chief MORE (D-Va.), along with Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions Ex-HHS chief threatens to vote 'no' on surprise medical billing measure MORE (D-Va.), issued a joint statement on Saturday urging him to resign after a widely panned press conference. 
 
"After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign," they said in a statement. 
 
Though Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff Twitter, Facebook split on manipulated Bloomberg video MORE (D-Calif.) didn't directly call for Northam's resignation in a tweet Saturday, she urged him to "do the right thing."
 
Northam has faced calls from Democrats and Republicans to resign over a 1984 yearbook photo. He initially apologized on Friday for "the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo."
 
He said during a press conference on Saturday that he was "appalled" when his staff showed him the photo on his yearbook page and that he was previously unaware of it. 
 
“When I was confronted with the images yesterday, I was appalled that they appeared on my page, but I believed then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo," Northam said during a press conference.
 
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Northam called for an abrupt senior staff meeting but that he had not made a final decision on whether or not to resign.