The Indiana judge described herself as taking a conservative, originalist approach to the Constitution. A former law professor, she told the senators that while she admires Scalia, her conservative mentor for whom she once clerked, she would bring her own approach.
The mood is likely to shift to a more confrontational tone as Barrett is grilled in 30-minute segments Tuesday by Democrats gravely opposed to President Trump’s nominee, yet virtually powerless to stop her rise.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett spoke about her judicial philosophy, her experience and her large family at the end of the first day of her confirmation hearings, which Senate Democrats are using to brand her as a threat to Americans’ health care during the pandemic.
Sen. Lindsey Graham opened Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing Monday by acknowledging that the proceedings will surely be contentious but urging senators to hold a respectful process, saying: “Let’s remember, the world is watching.”
Democratic aides said their senators are united in their view that they will not press Barrett about her beliefs—hoping to avoid the mishap from her circuit court confirmation hearing in 2017, when Feinstein told Barrett that “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
Four years ago, Amy Coney Barrett was a little-known law professor in Indiana. Within weeks, she is likely to be the newest associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“However cagey a justice may be at the nomination stage, her approach to the Constitution becomes evident in the opinions she writes.”
Trump hailed Barrett—a longtime University of Notre Dame professor—as “a woman of remarkable intellect and character,” saying he had studied her record closely before making the pick.
Conservative groups and congressional allies are laying the groundwork for a swift confirmation process for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, even before President Donald Trump makes the selection official on Saturday.
Senate Republicans have swiftly fallen in line behind President Donald Trump’s push to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat. Trump, who will announce his nominee Saturday, is all but certain to have the votes to confirm his choice.
The president told reporters he was still going to be interviewing other candidates and might meet with Judge Barbara Lagoa when he travels to Florida later this week.
President Donald Trump said he had a list of five finalists, “probably four,” and that he is pushing for a confirmation vote on a new Supreme Court justice before Election Day.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday night that a Trump nominee would get a vote, although he denied President Obama the same opportunity in a similar situation four years ago.
Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, of Yukon, Oklahoma, professed his innocence just before he was executed by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute.
The outcome is at least a short-term victory for Trump, who has strenuously sought to keep his financial records private.
The court said separation of church and state means that religious groups must be allowed to hire and fire individuals who serve as teachers or messengers of their faith without court interference.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that employers and universities are allowed to opt out of the Affordable Care Act requirement to provide contraceptive care because of religious or moral objections.
Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court, saying states may punish or replace electors who will not abide by the popular vote.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling.