McCain: Dems' 'Sour Grapes Attitude' Has Slowed Confirmation Hearings
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Bill Hemmer on "America's Newsroom" Thursday to discuss how Democrats seem to be drawing out the Senate confirmation hearings of Donald Trump's Cabinet picks.
McCain, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, said that the process has been more drawn out than the confirmations of President Barack Obama's Cabinet picks in 2008 and 2012.
In response to Hemmer's question of whether this was acceptable, McCain responded:
"Frankly the Democrats have slowed the process. ... It's part of this sour grapes attitude that they have had."
McCain said Democrats have been using Senate and committee rules to slow the process.
He said he expects Defense Secretary-designate Gen. James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary-designate Gen. John F. Kelly to be confirmed by Friday afternoon.
He also slammed the nearly 70 Democratic members of Congress skipping Friday's inauguration.
"We have our responsibility of advise and consent, but we're seeing it stretched beyond anything I've ever seen," McCain said.
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