Schumer ready to leave Supreme Court seat open

Schumer ready to leave Supreme Court seat open
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Sen. Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that he is prepared to leave open the ninth seat on the Supreme Court.

“If the nominee is not bipartisan and mainstream, we absolutely will keep the seat open,” Schumer told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Supreme Court vacancy has been open since last February, when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away.

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Schumer said he is prepared to fight "tooth and nail" should Trump not choose a mainstream nominee. 

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGeorge W. Bush honors father at benefit for hurricane victims Dem senator: ‘I miss every one of’ our last 5 presidents All five living former presidents appear at hurricane relief benefit concert MORE had nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy. The Senate did not take up Garland’s nomination for a vote.  

Garland reportedly returned to his job as a federal appeals court judge last week.

Schumer on Sunday also railed against Trump's Cabinet picks, calling his selections "troubling."

“We call it the swamp Cabinet. Billionaires and bankers,” he said.