Watch the Moment Chuck Schumer Learned Jeff Sessions Had Been Fired

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) might have stepped up to the podium at a Wednesday press conference expecting to talk midterms, but a developing story soon derailed those plans.

Schumer was in the middle of taking questions when he was handed a slip of paper, immediately eliciting an “Oh” from the top Senate Democrat.

As Schumer read the slip, a reporter asked for his reaction to the news that President Donald Trump had requested and accepted the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Watch the video below, via ABC:

“I’ve just heard the news, but I’d say this: protecting¬†Mueller and his investigation is paramount,” Schumer said. “It would create a Constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation, and I hope President Trump and those he listens to will refrain from that.”

After the press conference, Schumer addressed Sessions’ resignation further on Twitter, saying the president “has something to hide” and called for Sessions’ acting replacement to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation.

Following his Wednesday departure, Sessions was replaced with acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, who formerly served as Sessions’ chief of staff.

In a 2017 CNN op-ed, Whitaker expressed a belief that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had gone too far, arguing that examining the president’s personal finances would be overstepping his mandate.

“Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” Whitaker wrote of reports that Mueller would investigate the Trump family’s finances.

“It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else,” he added. “That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.”


  1. It should be a requirement that all government employees take and pass Con Law 101. Every two years.
    It’s absolute constitutional for the president to end any activities, including investigations, run through the DOJ.

  2. Schumer should start getting his ducks in a row because NOW the Justice department will be looking at him.

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