Schumer blasts McConnell over Supreme Court 'double standard'

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.) knocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility California governor predicts 'xenophobic' GOP will likely be third party in 15 years This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request 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 GarlandBernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism' Democrats should initiate a 'Fire Mitch McConnell' campaign Valerie Jarrett: Obama would be impeached 'in a nanosecond' for behaving like Trump 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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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.