Schumer blasts McConnell over Supreme Court 'double standard'

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Democrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan MORE (D-N.Y.) knocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday, accusing him of a “double standard” for claiming Democrats are trying to delay a Supreme Court nomination.

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Schumer argued that McConnell’s criticism was “absurd” and “filled with double standards” after Republicans held up former President Obama's Supreme Court nomination for months in 2016. 

“Democrats are causing delay? Coming from the same man who delayed the nomination of … Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHouse passes bill to ensure abortion access in response to Texas law Delta pushes for national 'no fly' list of unruly passengers after banning 1,600 from flights Democrats demand more action from feds on unruly airline passengers MORE for over 300 days without a shrug of his shoulders? Give me a break,” Schumer said, referencing Obama's nominee for the high court.

McConnell knocked Democrats, predicting they would move the “goal posts” in an effort to delay Kavanaugh.

But Schumer fired back that McConnell, who he characterized as the “master of delay,” should blame members of his own party that called for the FBI investigation.

“We can’t set the calendar. These things have been delayed because people on his side of the aisle who had sincere concerns about having a fair process,” he said.

Republicans have defended their decision to refuse to give Garland a hearing or a vote, arguing that Supreme Court nominations shouldn’t be voted on during an election year. Democrats have accused Republicans of a double standard and of trying to rush through Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination during a midterm election year.

Republicans and President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE last week gave the FBI one week to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. They have a Friday deadline to wrap up their investigation.