Schumer Explains Opposition to Iran Nuclear Deal: Inspections Regime Has ‘Lots of Holes in It’

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) further explained his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal that he announced last week, saying Monday that the inspections regime being trumpeted by the Obama administration had "lots of holes in it" and thus did not merit his support.

"This was one of the most difficult decisions that I had to make," he said. "I studied it long and hard, read the agreement a whole bunch of times … I found the inspections regime not ‘anywhere, anytime' but with lots of holes in it. Particularly troublesome, you have to wait 24 days before you inspect. That will allow some of the radioactivity to be seen but not nonradioactivity that goes into building a bomb, all of the kinds of other things that you need."

Schumer is one of the Senate's top Democrats and also one if its most prominent Jewish members. Schumer's decision not to support Obama's push for the nuclear deal was met with anger at the White House, with the suggestion that he may lose support to become the party's Senate leader in 2016.