McConnell: Chuck Schumer Invented Filibustering Judicial Nominees


The Senate Majority Leader on Sunday's edition on 'Meet The Press.'

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: Yeah, what I can tell you is that Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week. How that happens really depends on our Democratic friends, how many of them are willing to oppose cloture on a partisan basis to kill a Supreme Court nominee, never happened before in history, the whole history of the country.​

In fact, filibustering judges at all is a rather recent phenomenon, started by your next guest, Senator Schumer, after George Bush 43 got elected president.

We didn't used to do this.

Clarence Thomas was confirmed 52 to 48, the most controversial Supreme Court nominee in history. And not a single senator said, "He has to get 60 votes."​​

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