Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is telling Democrats to boycott committee hearings on President Donald Trump's nominees and creating issues that were not going on just a few days ago, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Thursday.
"That did not happen in my committee yesterday or the day before," the Iowa Republican, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "We did have some long speeches, but I was able to have the full cooperation of Democrats on my committee and we did vote out Sen. [Jeff] Sessions."
Schumer is trying to respond to the anti-Trump marches, Grassley contended, but he does not think the reaction will play well with Americans, as "the grassroots of America are fed up with this sort of obstructionism."
Grassley said he's putting the Senate discord at Schumer's feet.
"I know that in our committee, one of his top staffers was there telling Democrats what to do," said Grassley. "I can't speak for the Finance Committee even though I'm on that committee. But they didn't show up and you saw today they didn't show up at EPA."
Meanwhile, Trump's Supreme Court pick, Judge Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed for his federal judge seat 11 years ago by a 95-0 vote, show anchor Bill Hemmer pointed out, including with a yes vote from Schumer, but on Wednesday voiced questions about Gorsuch's views on several issues, including women's rights. Grassley said he's "baffled" by Schumer's response.
"I'm baffled by the fact that you could get through for the 10th Circuit, and circuit court judges are just next to the Supreme Court," said Grassley. "There are still 31 senators from that unanimous vote 10 years ago, with 11 Democrats."
Grassley said it's possible that Gorsuch didn't have the opinions then that he does now, but "the bottom line of it is he was approved, and he has a record now that is very good record for being on the Supreme Court."
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