McConnell to Hold Schumer’s Feet to the Fire for Threatening Gorsuch, Kavanaugh

As reported by NationalReview

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will take aim at his Democratic counterpart Chuck Schumer in opening remarks on the Senate floor Thursday, after Schumer directed threatening comments at Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday.

McConnell plans to accuse the New York Democrat of trying to downplay the gravity of the situation by misrepresenting what was, according to McConnell, a clear threat directed at individual justices, according to a copy of his planned remarks obtained by Politico’s Playbook.

“Contrary to what the Democratic leader has tried to claim, he very clearly was not addressing Republican lawmakers or anybody else. He literally directed the statement to the justices, by name,” McConnell will say. “And he said, quote, ‘if you go forward with these awful decisions,’ which could only apply to the court itself. The minority leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Period.”

Schumer told a crowd of pro-abortion activists on Wednesday that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh “will pay the price” if they decide to overturn past precedent in June Medical Services v. Russo, the first major abortion case that the two Trump appointees have heard since being appointed.

Schumer later tried to claim that he was referencing “the political price” Republicans will pay for the conservative justice’s appointments and the “major grassroots movement” that will rise up in response to a decision that restricts abortion.

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Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare rebuke of the minority leader in response.

“Threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said.

President Trump also criticized Schumer for the remarks, tweeting “Serious action MUST be taken NOW!”