Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is using Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's own words against him in a looming confirmation fight, sending the Kentucky Republican his own 2009 letter outlining nomination requirements.Schumer said he sent McConnell the exact letter McConnell sent to then-Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) 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 Obama nominees, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had already been confirmed. The senator's staff argued on Twitter Monday that the letter was aimed at lower-level nominations.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.
This article originally appeared on The Hill.
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