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 SchumerDem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens 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 ObamaMichelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite Rubio criticizes reporters, Democrat for racism accusations against McCain 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.