In what could be interpreted as an attempt at re-inventing himself as the incoming Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned President-elect Donald Trump Sunday of his intent to harness the filibuster option and block any nominee for the High Court if they fail a “mainstream” litmus test.
Schumer, in his fourth Senate-term, will succeed Nevada’s Harry Reid as Minority Leader in January. Schumer is also the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Appearing with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Schumer acknowledged his dissatisfaction with dilatory tactics Senate Republicans employed over President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, and expressed his desire to see Mr. Trump nominate a “mainstream” judge for the Court.
Defining “mainstream” as “somebody you may not a agree with on every issue, but basically believes in precedent and basically believes in following the law,” Schumer continued:
“If he doesn’t nominate a mainstream candidate, we’re going to go at him with everything we’ve got. Because this is so, so important,” he warned.
In an October presidential debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump said he would appoint a judge to the Supreme Court who interprets the U.S. Constitution by the letter of the law, is pro-life and opposes gun control.
Schumer also appeared Sunday on ABC’s This Week for an interview with Martha Raddatz, which you can watch below:
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