Amid questions this week of "loyalty," independence in investigations, and "rapidly eroding" confidence in what is true, President Donald Trump has created a "credibility crisis" in the U.S. and Congress, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday.
"There is a crisis of credibility with the president," Schumer told host Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union."
Schumer added a call for Republicans in Congress to stop "choosing party over country at a time where we can ill afford it" and to stop saying things they know are "deliberately false" in a show of "loyalty" to President Trump.
"I mean, so many things, there's so much factual fabrication and then backsliding and contradiction, we need our Republican colleagues — not every day, but on the occasions when it's necessary, such as for a special prosecutor, such as what happened in the last week — to speak out," Schumer told Tapper. "This is an issue of country, not party and our credibility.
"The credibility of the presidency, with the American people, and of our country with the world, is rapidly eroding because of this crisis of credibility."
Sen. Schumer continued his call for a special prosecutor of potential collusion with Russia and called for President Trump to produce the "tapes" of his meeting with former FBI Director James Comey, or apologize he knew no such tapes exist.
"If there are tapes, the president should turn them over immediately, of course — to destroy them would be a violation of law," Schumer told Tapper. "He should turn them over to Congress and the investigators.
"If there are no tapes, he should apologize to James Comey and the American people for misleading them."
Schumer also said he would support blocking the nomination of a new FBI director until a special prosecutor is appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“We will have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move because who the FBI director is, is related to who the special prosecutor is,” Schumer said.
“Yes, I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way,” he added.
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