WASHINGTON – On Capitol Hill, Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the US Supreme Court is underway for the third day. Wednesday is the final day on which members of the U.S. Senate Legal Affairs Committee can ask President Trump’s nominee about her views on the job of chief justice.
As before, the hearing was opened on Wednesday by the chairman of the committee, Senator from South Carolina Lindsay Graham. He praised Amy Barrett for being “unashamedly [выступает] for life ”(pro-life), meaning that the candidate, by her convictions, does not approve of the legalization of abortion.
The hearing on Barrett’s candidacy, which took about 11 hours on Tuesday, overshadowed all other Senate legislative work. Republicans hope that, with her approval, the number of conservative high judges will be 6 out of 9, after which the Republican Party can hope that the decisions of the country’s highest judicial body will more reflect its values.
To do this, Republicans need to try to get Barrett approved for office even before the presidential election. The hearing is too close to the election date, influential Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin noted, stressing that the soon appointment of another conservative judge will help Republicans overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed by the Obama administration. … The Supreme Court is to consider the fate of the ASA as early as a week after the presidential elections, on November 10.
“They (the Trump administration) need this ninth judge, which is why they are in such a hurry,” Durbin said, although Barrett herself told senators the day before that she was “not hostile to the ASA law.”
Another Democratic Senator, Patrick Leahy from Vermont, asked the nominee how she appreciated Donald Trump’s words that he could use his presidential privileges and sign a pardon for himself if the need arises. Barrett replied that a “legal analysis” is needed here, since this issue has never been addressed in the courts. “This is not a question on which I can express my own opinion,” the candidate said.
She also told the committee that she had not discussed with President Trump or any of his administration potential litigation over the outcome of the presidential election, the possibility of which has been publicly hinted at by the head of the White House on several occasions. At the same time, a day earlier, Amy Barrett refused to promise to withdraw from such cases if they reach the Supreme Court.
On Thursday, October 15, at the hearing are scheduled to speak by witnesses – experts and ordinary citizens who should give their views on the issues that Amy Coney Barrett is likely to have to deal with as one of the country’s chief justices.