Daily US Times: Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is being grilled by tough questioning on day two of her Senate confirmation hearing.
Democrats opposed the conservative-leaning nominee’s nomination as she appears a threat to healthcare reforms passed under former President Barack Obama.
On Tuesday, the judge said she had “no agenda” and vowed to stick to “the rule of law.”
Republicans are seeking to approve her nomination ahead of the presidential election in just three weeks.
Her confirmation would give the nine-member US Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative majority, altering the ideological balance of the court for potentially decades to come.
Democrats fear if Judge Barrett became the Supreme Court justice, it would favour Republicans in politically sensitive cases that reach the country’s highest court. She faces tough questioning by the Democratic senators as they scrutinize her conservative views and decisions she has delivered as a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Amy Coney Barrett is the proposed replacement for liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently died at the age of 87.
But Republicans have praised Judge Barrett. On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsay Graham said she was “one of the greatest picks President Trump could make” for the court.
Republicans hold a slim majority in the US Senate, which confirms Supreme Court judges. This makes Judge Barrett’s nomination very likely to pass.
Democrats have criticised the rushed process as a “sham” and “reckless”, amid a coronavirus pandemic that has killed 215,000 people in the US.
Top Democrats also accused Republicans of hypocrisy. When Democratic President Barack Obama put forward a nominee to fill a spot on the court in March 2016, the Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings, arguing the decision should not be made in an election year.
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