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Trump Supreme Court pick heads toward Senate vote despite Democratic protests

PoliticsOct 15, 2020 06:17PM ET
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By Andrew Chung, Patricia Zengerle and Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. Senate on Thursday moved a step closer to confirming President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court choice Amy Coney Barrett, with the Judiciary Committee scheduling an Oct. 22 vote on her nomination despite Democratic objections.

The fourth and final day of the committee's confirmation hearing for the conservative appellate judge wrapped up with testimony from outside experts. Democrats protested what they called the rushed nature of the proceedings and complained that Barrett had sidestepped questions about presidential powers, abortion, climate change, voting rights and Obamacare.

Republicans are aiming for a final confirmation vote on the Senate floor by the end of October following next week's committee vote.

"I believe that this rushed, sham process is a disservice to our committee," Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said. "She has been rushed in a way that is historically unprecedented ... and the purpose of doing it is simply to have a justice on the Supreme Court, as the president said, to decide the election and to strike down the Affordable Care Act."

The Republican president has asked the Senate to confirm Barrett before the Nov. 3 U.S. election in which he is seeking a second term in office. Trump has said he expects the court to decide the election's outcome.

With Republicans holding a 53-47 Senate majority, her confirmation seems assured. Barrett's confirmation would give the Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative majority. Barrett, 48, could serve for decades, alongside Trump's two other Supreme Court selections, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

"There is no way you will ever convince me that Amy Coney Barrett is not qualified, using any reasonable standards of qualification," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (NYSE:GHM), the committee chairman.

Barrett answered questions from senators during marathon sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Outside witnesses testified in favor and against Barrett's nomination on Thursday. Barrett was not present.

Despite some tense moments, the hearing was conducted largely with a congenial tone. It stood in contrast to the Kavanaugh's contentious 2018 confirmation hearings in which he angrily denied sexual assault allegations.

At the end, Graham told the Democratic senators, "You have challenged the judge, you have challenged us, and I accept those challenges as being sincere and not personal. I don't think anybody crossed the line with the judge in terms of trying to demean her as a person."

A SENATORIAL HUG

The committee's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, praised Graham for the manner in which he conducted the hearing. Feinstein and Graham then hugged at the end of the hearing. The liberal activist group Demand Justice afterward called on Feinstein to step down as the committee's ranking Democrat.

The committee heard from two representatives from the American Bar Association, a national nonpartisan lawyers' group that deemed Barrett "well qualified" after an evaluation of her "integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament."

Democratic senators again raised a number of misgivings about Barrett's potential votes on the Supreme Court on matters ranging from gun control to criminal justice matters, and expressed concern that she avoided answering many critical questions including whether a president can delay an election and queries related to transitions of power.

"What was the purpose of this hearing if we've reached the point now where we really don't know what she thinks about any issues?" Democratic Senator Dick Durbin asked.

"I would be afraid to ask her about the presence of gravity on Earth. She may decline to answer because it may come up in a case - you know, it could come before the court some day," Durbin added.

Democrats were upset that Senate Republicans proceeded with the confirmation process for Trump's nominee so close to an election after refusing to act on Democratic President Barack Obama's 2016 Supreme Court nominee because it was an election year.

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said Americans want the winner of the election to decide who fills the court's vacancy created by the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

If confirmed, Barrett could be on the Supreme Court in time to participate in a Nov. 10 case in which Trump and Republican-led states are seeking to invalidate the 2010 Obamacare law, formally called the Affordable Care Act.

Trump Supreme Court pick heads toward Senate vote despite Democratic protests
 

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Bill Hoerter
Bill Hoerter Oct 15, 2020 7:22PM ET
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25 years for appointed Supremes
Bill Hoerter
Bill Hoerter Oct 15, 2020 7:21PM ET
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Tired of corupt politicians.Term limits for all. 8. 10 and 12. President, Congressman and Senators.
David David
David9 Oct 15, 2020 5:53PM ET
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She is done...there is no way she can get the job...
Fah QQQ
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Party line vote, d.ps.it!
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too funny....she went to DC and cleaned up faster than Clint Eastwood in a Dirty Harry movie.🤣
Werner korze
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go trump you got my back
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Please give us examples of Trump getting your back, we waiting...
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I will. Thank you for letting Americans working in Germany (me) know that we need to get on the next flight because he will be closing travel. I was happy to get through the airport and get home....due to DJT's quick actions while Biden and Pelosi were calling him xenophobic and dancing in the streets.
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Frankly, dems are obstructionists, so lets get ACB in. Tired of the antics. Its been done 8 out of 10 times in history.
Jay West
Jay West Oct 15, 2020 12:31PM ET
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In God We Trust.
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If you can give us real evidence of god, then I will trust...other than that, even god is all he said she said thing..
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Soar loo-sers
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