Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to push for the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court for a boycott by the House Democrats.
Trump has repeatedly pressed Barrett to appear in the Supreme Court in time to settle any legal disputes, a demand that Democrats see as a simple appeal for the Conservative majority in court to declare him a winner if the result is challenged.
The swift action of R-Ky Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, R, SC., To meet Trump’s deadline will make Barrett the first justice in history to be confirmed so close to Election Day.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) arrives next to U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) for a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Deputy Justice of the Supreme Court. USA on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, October 22, 2020.
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Barrett, who was a professor at Notre Dame Law School until Trump appointed her to serve on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals about three years ago, will be the sixth Republican to serve on the nine-judge Supreme Court and his third candidate. Trump.
Trump appointed her to the Supreme Court last month following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal figure who served on the bench for 27 years. Ginsburg expressed the desire not to be replaced after the election.
As Ginsburg’s replacement, Barrett is expected to shift the court’s focus to the right, possibly threatening the issues on the Democratic healthcare agenda, access to abortion and a second amendment.
The focus is on a case on November 10, the court will hear about the constitutionality of Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.
While Democrats did not appear at Thursday night’s committee hearing, they left large posters of law-abiding individuals in their seats. Republicans condemned the gesture as theatrical.
Democratic Senators in the Senate Committee boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett to serve as a Justice Attorney in the United States Supreme Court during a Senate Executive Business Summit in Washington, DC, 22 2020
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Barrett declined to give details of her views on Obamacare during a two-day interrogation before the commission last week, but confirmed her authentic method of interpretation and her relationship with the late Judge Antonin Scalia, the conservative hero for whom she worked early in her career.
Despite her previous writings critical of Obamacare, the conservative said she would approach the Nov. 10 case with an open mind if confirmed. He noted that the forthcoming case raises questions about a legal doctrine on which he had not previously expressed an opinion.
Some progressives were outraged by the handling of Barrett’s Democratic confirmation hearings, arguing that they gave legitimacy to a process contrary to McConnell’s refusal in 2016 to hold further hearings for Judge Merick Garland.
Left-wing organizations, including the Democrats of Democracy and the Justice of Demand, have since called for Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., The committee’s top Democrat, to step down.
Democrats announced Wednesday that they will boycott Thursday’s hearing.
“We will not give further legitimacy to this process by participating in the addition of a committee to this appointment just twelve days before the election is already under way,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. was joined by the Democrats on the committee.
At the beginning of the hearing, Graham spoke of a boycott of Democrats, saying “we are not going to allow them to take over the committee.”
“They chose not to participate,” he said.