Thursday, October 15, 2020

DAY 3: Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings, Take-Aways, Reactions, and FULL Videos of Hearing

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Amy Coney Barrett Closes Out Testimony, on Track for Senate Approval:
Republicans line up behind Supreme Court nominee while Democrats suggest she is a threat to widely accepted rights
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced questions ranging from the constitutionality of Medicare to the extent of press freedom at her confirmation hearing Wednesday, but President Trump’s choice to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg repeatedly said it would be improper to disclose her views on matters she said she could be called upon to decide.
“If I were to just say how I thought I would resolve a case…it would be short-circuiting that whole process through which I should go and have an open mind and be open to persuasion,” Judge Barrett said, under friendly questioning from Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas).
In the Senate Judiciary Committee’s second of two days questioning Judge Barrett, Democratic senators pressed the judge on a range of contentious issues while again highlighting the fate of the Affordable Care Act, which comes before the court next month. They also drilled deeper into the legal arcana that defines Supreme Court doctrine, attempting to paint Judge Barrett as a threat to a swath of widely accepted rights.
Wednesday was Judge Barrett’s last day in the hot seat. The hearings will wrap up on Thursday, and the committee is expected to vote on her nomination on Oct. 22, with a full Senate vote on Oct. 26, just days before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Republicans, whose control of the Senate all but ensures Judge Barrett’s confirmation, focused on signaling the significance of the nomination to different audiences. To the broader public, which has seen Democrats portray the nominee as a right-wing ideologue, they stressed Judge Barrett’s promises to impartially apply the law, free of any personal agenda. --->READ THE REST FROM THE WSJ HERE
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Amy Coney Barrett: 'No one is above the law':
Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett declared no one is above the law when asked if a president has the authority to pardon himself.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, quizzed President Trump’s nominee Wednesday during her confirmation hearing about if Mr. Trump could pardon himself if he were charged with a crime.
“As far as I know, that question has never been litigated. That question has never arisen. That question may or may not arise,” Judge Barrett told the Judiciary Committee members. “Because it would be opining on an open question when I haven’t gone through the judicial process to decide it, it is not one I can offer a view.” --->READ MORE HERE
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