Senate Minority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer, of New York, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office on Capitol Hill, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Chuck Schumer: Democrats Could Block the New FBI Director

Chuck Schumer, who doesn’t know how to anything but pose for cameras, suggested this weekend that Democrats will block Donald Trump’s pick to head the FBI until the Department of Justice agrees to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Schumer spoke with Jake Trapper on meet the press, where Trapper asked about a potential plan to force the DOJ to appoint a special prosecutor by blocking the new FBI Director.

“As you know, the Justice Department would have to appoint a special prosecutor. Senator Mark Warner, he’s the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, he wants the Democratic Party to refuse to vote on the nomination of a new FBI director until [a special prosecutor] is appointed. Do you support that move?”

Schumer, not wanting to waste an opportunity to get some free press, suggested Democrats may continue to play obstructionist in the Senate.

“I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way. We’d have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move.”

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Schumer took an equally crazy stand on Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Schumer wagered that public outcry would prevent Republicans from nuking the filibuster, and he lost. The gamble here is an equally long shot.

The American people are getting tired of this obstructionist nonsense. There’s a reason Jon Ossoff, the democratic candidate in Georgia’s 6th District, is running to the middle and agreeing to work across the aisle. Luckily, establishment Democrats are doing Ossoff no favors. For whatever reason, Democrats in Washington remain completely detached from reality. They honestly believe blocking Trump at every turn is a recipe for success.

At this point, we don’t know who, if anyone, will be appointed. What if Donald Trump follows Mike Lee’s lead and nominates Merrick Garland? It would be absolutely glorious to watch Schumer squirm as he decides whether to block Garland or give Trump his nominee. A reasonable statesman would at least wait on a nominee before threatening to block the President 7 months removed from an election, but then again, nobody has ever accused Schumer of being a reasonable statesman.

Even with the current turmoil in the Trump administration, the Democratic Party can’t seem to get their act together. High profile Democrats like Schumer and Warren are absolutely determined to cause gridlock with pointless political theater. It was abysmal failure and incompetence by the Clinton campaign that put Trump in the White House, and Schumer’s crazy political theater may just keep Republicans in control of Congress. It’s almost like Democrats want to lose.

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Sam Thomas

Sam is a youth minister, writer, political activist, and an avid fly fisherman. He coaches debate at Clark Atlanta University where he was named the 2016-17 Georgia Parliamentary Debate Coach of the Year.

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