New York Sen. Chuck Schumer gave FBI Director James Comey a no-confidence vote in response to Comey's revelation that the agency has reopened its investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
"I do not have confidence in him any longer," the likely incoming leader of the Senate Democrats, told Bloomberg.
That statement raises the possibility that Democrats will try to oust Comey after the presidential election. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hinted at the prospect Wednesday. "Maybe he's not in the right job," the California Democrat told CNN. "I think that we have to just get through this election and just see what the casualties are along the way."
Comey rocked the presidential campaign when he sent a letter to lawmakers on Friday revealing that investigators had found a new batch of emails "pertinent" to the Clinton probe while conducting "an unrelated investigation." The letter was at odds with the standard procedure of the FBI not to confirm or deny ongoing investigations, but Comey thought it was necessary because he testified before Congress that the Clinton probe was finished.
Schumer's statement allowed for the possibility that Comey could win back that confidence. "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," he said.