SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings Give Insight Into Amy Barrett

SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings Give Insight Into Amy Barrett

( – After Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death in September, the question and timing of her replacement was the cause of some dispute. Democrats stated that President Trump should have delayed the appointment until after the election and also suggested the possibility of packing the Supreme Court. Trump fulfilled his mandate regardless, choosing Amy Coney Barrett as the newest Supreme Court Justice nominee.

This week, the Senate had a chance to approve his selection with four days of confirmation hearings. During the interviews, which concluded on Thursday, October 15, Barrett had to answer questions on a wide range of issues.

Day 1

The first day featured opening remarks from Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as well as a number of Senators. Barrett’s statement thanked those who had supported her and pledged she would carry out her duties “faithfully and impartially.”

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) made an opening statement that focused on healthcare. Referring to the infection of both her husband and father with COVID-19, she stressed her belief that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) needed protection.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) used his speaking time to urge Barrett to recuse herself from any election cases in which Donald Trump is involved. Blumenthal said her involvement in such a case would do “explosive, enduring harm to the court’s legitimacy.”

Kamala Harris (D-CA), who’s currently running for vice president, addressed the hearing remotely. She claimed the process should have been postponed due to COVID-19.

Day 2

The ACA was once again up for discussion on Tuesday. Barrett refused to comment on whether she felt the Act was constitutional. She also refused to definitively say whether she would recuse herself from an election case when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) put the question to her.

As a devout Catholic, Barrett’s stance on abortion has been under the spotlight since her nomination. However, she would not state a position on the constitutionality of Roe vs. Wade, the seminal case that paved the way for legal abortion in the US.

Day 3

Part of Wednesday’s hearing involved a closed session with the FBI, during which Coney Barrett’s background check was discussed. There were also further questions the nominee would have to answer.

Coney Barrett again refused to take stances on policy issues, such as climate change and mail-in voting. She was keen to stress it was not her place to offer opinions on such matters. On the subject of allowing cameras in the courtroom as a measure to fight the spread of COVID-19, Coney Barrett agreed to keep an open mind.

Day 4

Thursday was the final day of the hearing. Senate Judiciary Republicans agreed to send Coney Barrett’s nomination to the floor on Thursday, October 22. Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) rejected calls to delay the vote.

Predictably, Amy Coney Barrett has been the target of criticism from left-leaning politicians and commentators. Her alignment with Donald Trump would have been enough by itself, and her unapologetic devotion to traditional values has given Liberals another reason to dislike her. However, the last four days have shown us she’s perfectly capable of dealing with the adversities that come her way.

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