McConnell: Cabinet Nominees Will Make It Through

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” that he’s hopeful all of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees will be confirmed.

McConnell noted Democrats have attempted to create roadblocks, but believes all nominees will eventually make it through the process.

“I’m confident we will [confirm the president’s cabinet nominees],” he told host Chris Wallace. “What’s been unfortunate is that all I asked for of my colleague, Senator Schumer, was to treat President Trump the same way as we treated President Obama.”

Democrats have gone out of their was to hold up the process, even with uncontroversial nominees — like Trump’s pick for CIA director Rep. Mike Pompeo, according to McConnell.

“He got seven of them on the first day. We got two,” he continued. “They even delayed the CIA until Monday for some inexplicable reason.”

With Trump expected to soon announce his pick to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s spot on the Supreme Court, McConnell said he hopes members across the aisle will cooperate.

“I’m confident we will get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed. I expect an outstanding nominee sometime soon. I think it’s noteworthy to look at how the Republican minority handled Bill Clinton in his first administration,” McConnell explained.

Democrats slammed Republicans for opting against a hearing for Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, until after the election. But McConnell said they should be treated as Republicans treated them with Obama’s first-term nominees.

“Both of his first two nominees, Ginsberg and Breyer, no filibuster. Obama and his first term, two nominees, no filibuster,” he said. “We think our nominee ought to be treated the same way.”

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