Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Back At Ya, Mitch! Schumer Demands Same Confirmation Process Used In '09

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is using Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) own words against him in the fight over scheduling hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.

Schumer on Monday sent back to McConnell a 2009 letter that McConnell himself wrote to then-Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asking all of Obama’s nominees to submit ethics agreements, undergo FBI background checks and complete questionnaires before they were scheduled for confirmation hearings. In a speech Monday afternoon from the Senate floor, Schumer said McConnell should enforce the same standards now that his party is in the majority.

“I don't bring this up to play gotcha,” Schumer said of the letter, which was resurfaced by journalists on Twitter over the weekend. “I'm doing it to show that our requests are eminently reasonable and, in fact, have been shared by leaders of both parties.”

Schumer tweeted out the new version of the letter, which was tweaked with a Sharpie to update the titles.

A number of Trump’s Cabinet picks, whose hearings are slated to begin this week, have not yet completed ethics reviews. Democratic senators and the independent federal Office of Government Ethics have said this rushed schedule leaves critical questions about the nominees’ business ties unaddressed. Read full story here 

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