The first day of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing by Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee ended Monday afternoon, but not before President Trump’s Supreme Court election faced scathing allegations by Democrats and Republicans shot back in their defense.
Here are eight key moments from Day 1 of Barrett’s hearing.
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1. Graham quotes RBG as launching Dem arguments against hearing
Democrats have railed against President Trump and the Senate Republicans for swiftly pushing through Barrett̵
Lindsey Graham, chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, RS.C., rejected this idea in his opening address on Monday, quoting Ginsburg himself.
“Bottom line, Justice Ginsburg said when asked a few years ago that a president served four years, not three,” said Graham. “There is nothing unconstitutional about this process.”
2. Leahy claims Barrett’s affirmation could be harmful to women
Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Suggested that Barrett could pose a potential threat to women’s and minority rights, and said Americans were concerned that her presence would set the country back decades should she be a judge on Supreme Court will be.
“They fear that the clock will be turned back to a time when women had no right to control their own bodies and when it was acceptable to discriminate against women in the workplace,” Leahy said.
The Democrat went on to claim there were concerns that Barrett would rule in a way that would undo several other forms of equal protection under the law.
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“And they fear that your confirmation will result in a withdrawal of voting rights, workers’ rights and the LGBTQ community’s right to equal treatment,” Leahy said. “These are not just thoughts. These are real effects of court decisions.”
3. Sasse tears up court packaging as “partisan suicide bombing”
Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Used his opening address to teach the public – and his Senate colleagues – a civic lesson, explaining the difference between normal partisan politics and disagreement, as well as aspects of normal government function that should be agreed by all . With that in mind, he warned that calling some Democrats to get rid of the filibuster so they could enlarge the Supreme Court and load it with liberal judges – commonly known as a trial – would put an end to the Senate, everyone knows.
“Court wrapping is the idea that we should blow up our common citizenship, that we should end the Senate’s consultative structure by making it another majority body to package the Supreme Court,” Sasse said of the destruction to hear the full debate in the Senate, and it is a partisan suicide attack that would end the deliberation structure of the United States Senate and make this job less interesting for all 100 of us. “
4. Dems claim that Trump selected Barrett as a “justice torpedo” for ObamaCare
A major theme of the Democrats’ attacks on Barrett appeared to be the idea that President Trump had nominated her because of her stance on the Affordable Care Act – also known as ObamaCare. Oral arguments were made in November that could potentially spell the end of this. Several senators insisted that this case, which will be heard a week after the presidential election, is the real reason Republicans are rushing to uphold Barrett.
President Trump has repeatedly announced that he will appoint a judge who would rule against Obamacare and, before becoming a federal judge, Barrett criticized the 2012 Supreme Court ruling that upheld it.
Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Said Republicans want Barrett “to approve in a timely manner to ensure they can lift the protection of the Affordable Care Act.”
Senator Chris Coons, D-Del., Gave Barrett the benefit of the doubt by not accusing her of making any arrangements with the President, but he still reiterated the concerns of his fellow Democrats.
“I am not suggesting that you made a secret deal with President Trump, but I believe the reason you were selected is precisely because, as repeatedly stated, your philosophy of law could produce the results that President Trump seeks has, “Coons said to Barrett. “I think this has dramatic and potentially very damaging consequences for election, affordable care and long-term rights law.”
5. Lee comes out of coronavirus isolation and attends the hearing in person
Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, tested positive for coronavirus on October 1 and said he would isolate himself for 10 days before returning to work. When Barrett’s confirmatory hearing began on October 12, Lee was back on the first day of the trial.
“I feel great,” Lee told reporters as they entered the listening room.
Senator Thom Tillis, RN.C., who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, is participating virtually.
Harris, who also attended from afar, criticized Chairman Graham for “bringing more than 50 people together to sit in one room for hours while our nation is exposed to a deadly airborne virus”.
“This committee, despite a coronavirus outbreak among the senators on that committee, has ignored reasonable requests to keep people safe – including the fact that not all members need to be tested,” Harris said.
6. Durbin claims Trump wants Barrett re-elected over the possibility of a controversial election
Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Said President Trump appointed Barrett to the Supreme Court during the opening portion of Barrett’s confirmatory hearing to carry out his “political duties” and “vote in his favor” on every election campaign.
“President Trump has made it clear that he would like to have another of his Supreme Court candidates before the election because he anticipates the judicial challenges of the vote,” said Durbin, a senior Senate Democrat. “President Trump has indicated that he would be perfectly happy if a close election were ruled by a 6-3 Conservative majority rather than the American people’s vote by a Supreme Court.”
7. Seriously, Hawley defends Barrett from attack on the faith
Barrett, a mother of seven, was screened and criticized even before her hearing to confirm her Roman Catholic faith began. Media reports compared a religious organization with which she was affiliated with the dystopian television show “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Barrett said during her 2017 Seventh Circle confirmation hearing that “the dogma aloud lives in you “what was” worrying “.
One such avenue of attack was a big concern to Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.
“This freedom of conscience and religion underpins all of our other rights because it tells the government not to tell us what to think or who to gather with or how to worship,” Hawley said. “This fundamental principle of American freedom is under attack now. This is what it is about when we read these stories attacking Judge Barrett for their beliefs. This is what my Democratic colleagues repeatedly asked Judge Barrett and others about their religious beliefs.” “
Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, also assisted Barrett.
“What your political opponents want you to paint as a TV or cartoon version of a religious radical,” said Ernst, adding that “a so-called ‘maid” that feeds into all of the ridiculous stereotypes they have put up for Lambaste people of belief in America. And that’s wrong. “
Ernst noted that such criticism is inconsistent with the left’s usual support for equality and justice for women.
“I am impressed with the irony of how demeaning your allegations really are to women,” Ernst continued. “That you, a working mother of seven with strong professional and academic performance, couldn’t possibly respect the goals and desires of women today.
8. Barrett tells the committee that the courts should not try to do the work of Congress
In her opening address on Monday, Barrett stressed the role of the judiciary and said it was not the court’s duty to “solve every problem or correct every wrong” in American life.
“Government policy decisions and value judgments must be made by the political branches, which are elected by the people and accountable to the people,” Barrett said. “The public shouldn’t expect courts to do this, and courts shouldn’t try.”
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Barrett agreed her legal philosophy with that of the late Judge Antonin Scalia, a member of the conservative wing of the court for whom she previously served as an employee.
“It was the content of Justice Scalia’s argument that shaped me. His legal philosophy was straightforward: a judge has to apply the law as it was written, not the way she wanted it to be. Sometimes that approach meant delivering results score that he didn’t like, “Barrett told Senators.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Megan Henney, Evie Fordham, and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.