The third day of the confirmatory hearings of Amy Coney Barrett has begun. Chairman Lindsey Graham of the Court of Justice, R.S.C., praised senators completed candidate Amy Coney Barrett of the Supreme court for “meeting every test” as their last round of questioning.
“God willing you, you’re going to be verified,” he said. Graham said he’d “hope it’s all right that you can pro-life, stick to your religion, and yet be considered worthy of this work by your fellow citizens.”
Graham laughed at Barrett, referring to her commentary that she had a glass of wine during the first evening of the questioning. “You can have two glasses of wine today. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. thanked Barrett for being on the Committee and apologized for her children’s “painful moments.”
They are innocent victims and should not be subjected to this, “he said. Tonight, the Committee enters a closed session while they review the history report of Barrett. You will come back from outside witnesses on Thursday morning.
Barrett was asked again about climate change later on in the hearing. Barrett was first asked by Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat who ran as Vice President, if she believed smoking to be the cause of cancer and whether COVID-19 was contagious. Barrett decided both points. But as Harris put her third question, “You think that climate change takes place and that the air we breathe and the water we drink is dangerous,” she declined to weigh the problem and called it a “very divisive public debate.”
“I’m not going to express a point of view about a public policy issue, particularly one politically contentious because the judicial position is inconsistent,” Barrett said. During her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Judge Amy Coney Barrett declined to weigh her on climate change. She explained to senators that her opinions were not important to her role at the Supreme Court.
She continued: “I don’t think that I have a view on global warming or climate change that is important for my role as a judge, or that I have opinions that have been properly educated and that I have not reviewed scientific evidence.
She has been willing, by using a standard ethical procedure to address questions on topics that may occur before the Court, specifically to address many of her opinions on contentious questions. The late Judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made famous the practice and called it “the Ginsburg law,” as Barrett repeatedly referred to during both days of senators’ inquiry.
In Barrett, Blumenthal expressed his dissatisfaction that he failed to weigh up problems that could affect millions of Americans. Blumenthal said, “There are many references to the Ginsburg law. “I assume that the Ginsburg rule has been taken to a new level by this administration. I hope it is not recognized as the Barrett rule of avoiding answers.”
Named Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del, Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, asked if she shared one of her mentors’ judicial philosophy – late Associate Judge Antonin Scalia. But Barrett maintained that she had become her prosecutor.
Requested about Scalia’s views that Griswold v. Connécticut, a landmark case of the 1965 Supreme Court of Constructivity in the contraceptive area, had been wrongly decided, Barrett, said: “I think that Griswold is very, very, very, very, very very unlikely to go somewhere.” Barrett reported her inability to give a “precedented” opinion. Still, he said that a state legislature had to pass the State law banning contraception from reversing the decision – a scenario she said “shockingly impossible.”
Barrett would make three SCOTUS judges who were working on Bush GOP v. Gore’s side if confirmed. The appointment by Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Supreme Court meant that George W. Bush secured the presidency 20 years ago with a one-third of the Court.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, pointed out on Monday that Barrett would be the third Court to operate on the Republicans’ side in the 2000 vote dispute in Florida, which led to the decision of a High Court by the Bush v. Gore case. At the beginning of the case, Barrett referred to her Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire as “a big case on which I provided analysis and briefing assistance.”
Klobukar noted that this places her in a good company. Chief Justice Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts all visited Florida to support GOPs. Whether that risked the integrity of the Court, Klobuchar asked, but Barrett did not mumble. “Asked if there is something that would or would not compromise or would not undermine the credibility of the Court seems to be trying to pose the question about it, and yesterday I took that direction,” she said.
During the 2018 confirmation hearing in Kavanaugh, the issue arose. Sen. Chuck Schumer, now Senate Democratic leader, said: “If there were political combat that needed a political foot soldier … Brett Kavanaugh probably was there, Sen. Dick Kavanaugh also helped independent counsel Ken Starr investigate President Bill Clinton and went on to work at Bush’s White House, Sen. Dik Durbin, D-Ill., calling him” Forrest Gump of Republican policy.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minn., referred to President Donald Trump’s over the years’ obsession with the abolishment of Obamacare and stressed the timing of the Barrett legal newspaper article that came into office in January 2017, the month of Trump. In this post, CJ John Roberts was criticized for moving the 2012 ruling “Affordability Care Act beyond the plausible value of saving the Law.”
At the time of writing, Klobuchar asked Barrett if she had known that the president had set out to abolish the Act on Affordable Care and if the judge on federal appeals had known that the president wanted to appoint judges who overturn the legislation for the Supreme Court.
“I think the Republicans made it clear in a certain way. That was just part of public debate,” said Barrett. “Whether I have an animus or I have a contract with the president, all these issues are all suggested, and yesterday I was direct, not just what happened.”