Chuck Schumer trolls the sh*t out of Mitch McConnell by sending him his own 2009 confirmation letter|
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer just made Republican leader Mitch McConnell look like a FOOL, Tilford.
In a post to his official Twitter account, Sen. Schumer (D-New York) posted a letter previously authored by Sen. McConnell (R-Kentucky) and crossed out McConnell’s name and replaced it with his own. Schumer stated that the list of Democratic demands for Trump’s cabinet appointees was “eminently reasonable,” as it literally mirrored McConnell’s words just 8 years ago.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 9, 2017
In February of 2009, Mitch McConnell, then the Senate minority leader, sent the letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (who has since retired) that demanded all of President Barack Obama’s cabinet appointees abide by an 8-point list, which included:
1. The FBI background check is complete and submitted to the committee in time for review and prior to a hearing being noticed;
2. The Office of Government Ethics Letter is complete and submitted to the committee in time for review and prior to a committee hearing.
3. Financial disclosure statements (and tax returns for applicable committees) are complete and submitted to the committee for review prior to a hearing being noticed.
4. All committee questionnaires are complete and have been returned to the committee. A reasonable opportunity for followup questions has been afforded committee members, and nominees have answered, with sufficient time for review prior to a committee vote.
5. The nominee is willing to have committee staff interviews, where that has been the practice.
6. The nominee has had a hearing.
7. The nominee agrees to courtesy visits with members when requested.
8. The nominee has committed to cooperate with Ranking Member on requests for information and transparency.
Mitch McConnell to Reid in 2009: nominee "financial disclosures must be complete… prior 2hearing being scheduled." pic.twitter.com/wxCfXTPS6g
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) January 8, 2017
This past weekend, it was revealed that ethics reviews for several of President-elect Trump’s cabinet picks were incomplete. In a letter that Office of Government Ethics (OGE) head Walter Shaub sent to Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Shaub wrote that “OGE has not received even initial draft financial disclosure reports for some of the nominees scheduled for hearings.” This would be a direct violation of Mitch McConnell’s #2 demand on his 2009 letter.
Confirmation hearings for some of Trump’s initial appointees are expected to start tomorrow.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.