Senate Minority Leader Chuch Schumer is using Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s own words against him in a looming confirmation fight, sending McConnell his own 2009 letter outlining nomination requirements.
Schumer said he sent McConnell the exact letter McConnell sent to then-Majority Leader Harry Reid in February 2009 about President Obama’s nominees.
“In 2009, then-Minority Leader McConnell sent then-Majority Leader Reid a letter laying out his list of pre-requisites for time agreements on the floor for President Obama’s nominees,” he said from the Senate floor. “They are almost exactly what Democrats have requested.”
McConnell sent the letter after many key Obama nominees, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had already been confirmed.
Schumer also tweeted out an edited copy of his letter on Monday, which shows him marking out McConnell’s signature and writing in his own.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 9, 2017