Washington – Judge Amy Coney Barrett returned Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the second day of questioning in her confirmatory hearings for the Supreme Court, after a first-round marathon interrogation in which she refused to speak on some of the more pressing issues that he will face if confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Thursday’s interrogation shift is shorter, with each senator having 20 minutes to ask questions instead of 30 minutes. Democrats pursued sharper lines of questioning than on Tuesday, investigating Barrett’s past views and writings and how he applies his judicial philosophy.
Democrats urged her to explain her views on challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade and the next election, should the Supreme Court intervene. But Barrett declined to indicate how he might judge cases that come before the high court, an established tactic that has been employed by both sides̵
“I have no mission and no agenda. The judges have no election promises,” Barrett said towards the end of Tuesday’s hearing.
During a memorable exchange with Senator Dianne Feinstein, who questioned her about abortion, she said she had “a program to abide by the rule of law.”
“If I express an opinion on a precedent one way or another, if I say I love it or hate it, it signals to the litigators that I might lean one way or another in a pending case,” he said.