McConnell’s Office Questions Shelby Story, Then Kicks ‘Hold’ Questions Back To Him

Given all the accusations of Senate Republican obstructionism, we checked in with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about Sen. Richard Shelby’s blanket holds on President Obama’s nominees.

A McConnell spokesman at first questioned the legitimacy of the Shelby story, asking if the Alabama senator had confirmed the holds.

When told about Shelby’s statement detailing why he’s holding the nominees, the spokesman then declined to comment.

“Sen. Shelby’s office will comment on his holds,” the spokesman said.

The White House is not amused.