27/09/2020

Senate Republicans are preparing a speedy confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett, President T…

Senate Republicans are preparing a speedy confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr ‘has brought shame’ on Justice Dept.Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave officeProgressive group buys domain name of Trump’s No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE’s third Supreme Court pick, setting up a final vote before the election. 
The timeline will keep an explosive fight over the country’s top court at the forefront of the final 38 days before Nov. 3, where both control of Congress and the White House are up for grabs. 
Trump formally named Barrett as his pick during a televised White House event setting the wheels of the Senate GOP confirmation process in motion.
Barrett who like all Supreme Court nominees will need to fill out a committee questionnaire and undergo an FBI background check is set to start meeting with senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocratic senator to party: ‘A little message discipline wouldn’t kill us’House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of powerRepublican lawyers brush off Trump’s election commentsMORE (R-Ky.), as soon as Tuesday. 
McConnell, on Saturday, vowed that Barrett will get a vote on the Senate floor in the weeks ahead. 
The Court, the Senate, and the American people not to mention the nominee and her family deserve a fair process that is focused on Judge Barretts qualifications. I hope all 100 Senators will treat this serious process with the dignity and respect it should command, McConnell said in a statement. 
Her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee will start in just over two weeks on Oct. 12, three people familiar with the schedule confirmed to The Hill. The four-day hearing will include one day of opening statements, two days of questions and a final day for outside witnesses. 
Im very committed to ensuring that the nominee gets a challenging, fair, and respectful hearing. We move forward on this nomination knowing that the President has picked a highly qualified individual who will serve our nation well on the highest court in the land, Graham said in a statement. 
Graham is expected to formally announce the schedule during an interview on Fox News on Saturday night. 
McConnell did not explicitly name a date for a final confirmation vote on the Senate floor, but has said he would base the timing off of Graham’s Judiciary schedule. With the hearing taking place the week of the 12th, that would set up a final vote on the Senate floor during the week of Oct. 26. 
The roughly two-week turnaround time between Trump’s announcement and the start of the hearing is a significantly faster timeline than the confirmations of Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchTrump plans to pick Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on courtAbortion stirs GOP tensions in Supreme Court fightPoll: 59 percent think president elected in November should name next Supreme Court justiceMORE or Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump plans to pick Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on courtCollins trails challenger by 4 points in Maine Senate race: pollSCOTUS confirmation in the last month of a close election? UglyMORE, Trumps first two Supreme Court nominees.
Trump announced that he would nominate Gorsuch on January 31, 2017, and his Judiciary Committee hearing started on March 20. Trump made his announcement about Kavanaugh on July 9 and his first Judiciary Committee hearing started on Sept. 4. 
But Graham vowed that he would schedule the hearing early enough to allow for a Senate vote before Nov. 3 q time frame pushed by Trump and a growing number of GOP senators.
Only two Republicans Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocratic senator to party: ‘A little message discipline wouldn’t kill us’Poll: 57 percent of Americans think next president, Senate should fill Ginsburg vacancyOn The Trail: Making sense of this week’s polling tsunamiMORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiDemocratic senator to party: ‘A little message discipline wouldn’t kill us’Overnight Energy: Trump officials finalize plan to open up protected areas of Tongass to logging | Feds say offshore testing for oil can proceed despite drilling moratorium | Dems question EPA’s postponement of inequality trainingPoll: 57 percent of Americans think next president, Senate should fill Ginsburg vacancyMORE (Alaska) said a nominee should not get a vote before the election, after Republicans refused to give Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDoug Jones says he will not support Supreme Court nominee before electionHouse Democrat to introduce bill imposing term limits on Supreme Court justicesOn The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadlineMORE, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats ramp up pressure on Lieberman to drop out of Georgia Senate raceThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: ‘He’ll leave’ l GOP laywers brush off Trump’s election remarks l Obama’s endorsementsTrump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black votersMOREs final Supreme Court nominee, a hearing or a vote. 
An aide for Collins told The Hill that she would be willing to meet with the nominee if Barrett requests a meeting, even though she has said she will vote no on any pick that comes up before No. 3. Murkowski also said in a statement on Saturday that she would be willing to meet with the nominee. 
Republicans view the Supreme Court as a boon in most battleground Senate races that could help drive voter turnout.
Waiting until after the election carries two risks: If Trump lost, it would force Republicans to decide if they would confirm a nominee for a lame-duck president. In addition, if Arizona Democratic Senate nominee Mark Kelly wins his election against Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOn The Trail: Making sense of this week’s polling tsunamiThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Presidential polls tighten weeks out from Election DayMark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in ‘promptly’MORE (R-Ariz.), he could be sworn in as soon as Nov. 30, narrowing the GOP majority. 
Republicans have defended the decision to hold a vote on Trumps nominee, even after blocking Garland, arguing that the key differences is that in 2020, unlike in 2016, both the Senate and the White House are held by the same party. 
If Barrett is confirmed, it will be the closest to a presidential election that a Supreme Court nominee has been given the green light by the Senate. Senate staff disclosed to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It ‘isn’t worth the paper it’s signed on’3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packingCruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wishMORE (D-N.Y.) that there did not appear to be a precedent for confirming a Supreme Court nominee between July and the election. 
Democrats went on the offense against Barrett on Saturday night, warning that she would be the deciding vote on the Supreme Court striking down the Affordable Care Act and they ripped Republicans for agreeing to move on her nomination despite the looming election and their 2016 stance. 
But with only a simple majority, Democrats are powerless to stop Barretts nomination on their own. 
President Trump and Leader McConnell are doing what no Senate has done before: shamelessly rushing to fill Justice Ginsburgs seat less than 40 days before a presidential election. Justice Ginsburgs dying wish was that she not be replaced until a new president is installed. Republicans are poised to not only ignore her wishes, but to replace her with someone who could tear down everything that she built. This reprehensible power grab is a cynical attack on the legitimacy of the Court, Schumer said in a statement. 
Two Democrats on the Judiciary CommitteeSens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoManchin defends Supreme Court candidate Barrett: ‘It’s awful to bring in religion’Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme CourtDemocrats unveil plan declaring racism a public health issueMORE (D-Hawaii)have said they will not meet with Barrett. 
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump plans to pick Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on courtTrump faces tricky choice on Supreme Court pickThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as ‘totally brilliant’MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, argued that a nominee should not be taken up until after the presidential inauguration in January. She did not address in her statement if she will meet with Barrett if Trumps pick requests a meeting. 
Judge Amy Coney Barrett clearly passes the presidents conservative litmus tests or he wouldnt have nominated her. Judge Barretts record shows she would push the Supreme Court further to the right, putting many rights and protections that the American people have fought for and deeply cherish at risk, she said.