After President Donald Trump announced federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barret’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday, it has been confirmed that hearings for Barrett will begin Oct. 12.
Aiming at placing the conservative Judge in the SCOTUS seat well before the Presidential elections in November, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham confirmed in an interview with Fox News that the hearings for Barrett will begin Oct. 12 with opening statements, followed by a round of questionings that are set to take place Oct. 13 and 14. There will be testimony from outside witnesses at some point, he said, and the committee process will begin Oct. 15 — meaning a panel vote on Barrett’s nomination could come as early as Oct. 22 under Judiciary rules.
A swift and speedy process that is mainly aimed at gaining an advantage for the Republicans in the coming elections, the Democrats are doing their best in delaying the procedure, so as to give them an edge until after the elections. In an interview after the nomination had been announced, Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.), the No. 3 in Senate GOP leadership, said, “I expect they’re (Democrats) going to throw the kitchen sink at us… but I’m confident Barrett would be confirmed before the election if everything moves along smoothly.”
Barrett, if successfully confirmed, would fill the vacancy left by the death of legendary Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, preserving President Trump’s promise for the seat to be filled by a woman.
NEW: Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham says the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett will begin on October 12th. pic.twitter.com/orivFvzW7K
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Introducing Barrett in a Rose Garden ceremony during her nomination, the President said “Amy Coney Barrett will decide cases based on the text of the Constitution as written. As Amy has said, being a judge takes courage. You are not there to decide cases as you may prefer. You are there to do your duty and to follow the law, wherever it may take you.” During the ceremony, both, the President and Barett commended Justice Ginsberg for her contribution, and Barrett said she would do the job of a justice “mindful of who came before me.”
For the first time since 1990, the 16-day duration from Barrett’s nomination to the start of her confirmation hearings would be the shortest as compared to the average of 50 days worth of preparations that have been seen till now.