Schumer threatens filibuster if Trump doesn't pick 'mainstream' court candidate

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Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerTougher Russia sanctions bill facing another setback Trump claims GOP has a 'big surprise' on healthcare Senate Dems step up protests ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (D-N.Y.) warned Sunday that Democrats would filibuster Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats target Trump's border wall in defense bill debate Obama ethics czar: Trump fundraiser at his DC hotel ‘illegal’ Trump trolling of Comey — Not presidential MORE's Supreme Court candidates if they are not "mainstream." 

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"If he doesn't nominate a mainstream candidate, we're going to go at him with everything we've got ... Because this is so, so important," Schumer said on NBC's "Meet the Press." 

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellValerie Jarrett slams GOP for not including women in healthcare discussions Healthcare wish lists: What moderates, conservatives want Top GOP lawmaker questions tax break for wealthy in healthcare plan MORE (R-Ky.) had suggested doing away with the filibuster, Schumer said Republicans "don't come with clean hands, having delayed Merrick Garland for a whole year." 

President Obama nominated Garland to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, but the Republican Senate blocked the nomination in hopes that a Republican would win the White House. 

When Trump takes office in January, he will almost certainly appoint a conservative nominee to fill the vacancy.