Schumer blasts McConnell over Supreme Court 'double standard'

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP MORE (D-N.Y.) knocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills 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 Brian GarlandAppeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records Divisive docket to test Supreme Court ahead of 2020 Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll 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 John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax 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.