Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett will begin on Monday, October 12, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Saturday evening.
Graham announced the audition schedule just four hours after his appointment was made public by the president at a Rose Garden ceremony.
President Trump’s candidate will sit before the Senate Judiciary Committee for what will surely be a controversial trial to fill the vacant seat left by the September 18 death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Although accelerated, the trial will follow the same framework as the previous two confirmation hearings of the Supreme Court under the Trump administration, Graham said on Fox News.
This means Barrett̵
“The candidate will be challenged, and that is appropriate to challenge the candidate, but if he treats Judge Barrett as Judge Kavanaugh did, he will explode. [Democrats’] face a great moment, ”Graham said.
“Amy Coney Barrett will decide cases based on the text of the Constitution as written,” Trump said of her choice at the Rose Garden ceremony.
“As Amy said, being a judge takes courage. You are not there to decide cases as you please, but to do your duty and follow the law wherever it takes you. “
Barrett’s nomination, which would be Trump’s third in the highest court, would dramatically transform the Supreme Court into a decidedly conservative body.
Democrats have become furious at the Republican-controlled Senate, calling its leaders contradictory and false.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Refused to allow lawmakers to consider the SCOTUS nomination of then President Barack Obama, Judge Merrick Garland, following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, reasoning that it was an election year.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), A member of the judicial committee, said he would break with the committee’s tradition and would not meet with Barrett.
“I will refuse to treat this trial as legitimate and will not meet Judge Amy Coney Barrett”, wrote on Twitter, warning that its confirmation could pave the way for the legal withdrawal of abortion and health care rights.
Graham, Trump, and other Republicans praised Barrett as a senior law scholar and first graduate of his class from Notre Dame Law School.
Trump joked at a rally Saturday night in Pennsylvania that he was supposed to run for president.
When Fox host Jeanine Pirro asked Graham if she thought the Democrats would boycott the hearings outright, she laughed.
“Well, it’ll make them faster,” Graham joked.