More from State of the Union. Jake Tapper talks to Chuck Schumer about the firing of Comey and the Russia probe. If you look closely at Schumer you can see the slitted reptilian pupils.
TAPPER: You just called for a special prosecutor to investigate this possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia, your party, however, has not settled on a strategy for how to make this happen. As you know, the Justice Department would have to appoint a special prosecutor. Senator Mark Warner, he’s the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, he wants the Democratic Party to refuse to vote on the nomination of a new FBI director until is appointed. Do you support that move?
SCHUMER: I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way. We’d have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move.
This is certainly a strategy and it fits nicely into the Democrat worldview that slowing down the Senate will result in electoral victory in 2018. In the real world, I don’t see how this plays out well for the Democrats. To refuse to allow a confirmation hearing and vote on a new FBI director they need Mitch McConnell to go along. That isn’t a sure thing. Even if McConnell does go along, the worst case scenario is that Andrew McCabe continues to lead the FBI. That wouldn’t be my choice as I think McCabe is hopelessly compromised and should never have been appointed to the most senior career position in what is billed as a non-political organization, but that would be the default and it would be better than appointing a special prosecutor to attempt to find a crime rather than to investigate an actual crime.
In short, this is Democrat posturing, it is not a negotiating position.