Meanwhile, behind the scenes, GOP officials were working quickly to get his nomination passed to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which had sent Barrett the usual questionnaire for candidates on Sunday as lawyers and aides continued to check his papers before at least three days of confirmation hearings starting from 12 October. Democrats continued to weigh their options for a more thorough scrub of his record, including requests for additional documents, according to aides – though Barrett, with limited service in the government aside from his role as a judge, would be missing a long way. of paper apart from his writings and legal opinions.
Barrett was on track to submit the questionnaire ̵
“We truly believe that Judge Barrett personally represents the best of America, in terms of great intellect, his great background,” said Vice President Pence, who attended Barrett’s meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (R-Ky.). “We have full confidence that as the American people learn more about Judge Amy Coney Barrett, they will be as inspired as President Trump was when he made his appointment.”
McConnell said he was pleased to start the trial, although on Tuesday he continued to refuse to say whether Barrett would be confirmed before the election. Republican leaders have created a timeline to do exactly that, with no surprises.
“I left our discussion even more convinced that President Trump named exactly the kind of exceptional person that the American people deserve to have in their highest court,” McConnell said later Tuesday. “Americans deserve brilliant judges with first-rate legal minds. Judge Barrett is that and then some. ”
Democrats continued to condemn the trial, as a growing chorus of Democratic senators insisted that Barrett needs to withdraw from any election-related case if he sits on the Supreme Court, considering Trump’s explicit link between confirming his candidate and the judges who hear any election related legal challenges that might arise.
“One of the things I want to ask you is, will you object in terms of the electoral issues that lie ahead,” Senator Cory Booker said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier this week. “Because if it is not refused, I fear that the court will be further delegitimized”,
Republicans dismissed the recusal issue and whether it was a conflict of interest for Barrett to hear such a case.
“The whole reason the Senate should act and act promptly to uphold a ninth justice is so that the Supreme Court can resolve any cases that arise in the wake of the election,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) . “This election is a hotly contested election.”
In 2016, with a vacant court seat and elections looming, Cruz suggested that Republicans could indefinitely block any Democrat Hillary Clinton candidate if she won the presidency.
“There is a long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer judges,” Cruz said at the time.
Barrett was on hand to meet nine Republicans, including McConnell, Cruz, Judicial Committee Chair Lindsey O. Graham (SC), former Committee Chair Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Rick Scott (Florida), John Thune (SD) and Mike Lee (Utah). Republican senators widely praised her past and jurisprudence and hinted at her being a conservative pioneer woman in the mold of liberal justice she would replace, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“She’s had a great (career) like I said in academia, but she’s also known for mentoring women in law, and something you could definitely say you followed Judge Ginsburg about,” Grassley told Barrett as they sat down. in socially distant chairs in a meeting room on the Capitol.
Several prominent Senate Democrats have openly stated they will not meet with Barrett, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.), although it is unclear on Tuesday who Senator Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), The Democrat, is. ranked on the Judicial Commission, it would be fine.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Said Tuesday she would not meet Barrett: “We have to treat this appointment as the illegitimate takeover that it is.”
The administration avoided a traditional outsider “Sherpa” to help Barrett navigate Capitol Hill during his confirmation process, relying primarily on White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Counselor Pat Cipollone to guide her in her struggle.
Both West Wing officials attended Tuesday’s meetings.
On Saturday, Trump named Barrett, 48, a federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th circuit, replacing Ginsburg, who died on September 18 at the age of 87. From the hours following Ginsburg’s death, Republicans in the Senate have moved swiftly to say his replacement will be confirmed this year, despite the proximity to the election and their decision four years ago to block former President Barack Obama’s candidate. to the Supreme Court for eight months, insisting that voters that November should decide which party can occupy that seat.
Only two Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – out of 53 said the Senate should wait for nomination until after the election.
“It’s very legitimate,” said Thune, the Republican in the No. 2, of the trial. “It’s very constitutional.”