Barrett, whose hearing is pending to confirm the Supreme Court’s successor to the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is listed as a participant in the newly discovered talks from 2004 to 2013.
In the calendars she is listed as a participant in a religion panel in the public square, a speech to a student religious society, a conversation with the anti-abortion group of the law faculty, a round table on the constitution, a faculty colloquium, a student scholarship symposium and an event, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Women’s Legal Forum.
All of Barrett’s events were listed on Notre Dame public calendars, accessed by CNN’s KFile on the Internet Archives Wayback Machine and on the Notre Dame website. According to a member of the committee, Barrett is required to disclose to the Senate Judiciary Committee any public conversations she has had in her professional career. Similar types of events were disclosed on the filing she filed.
Barrett already had questions because she initially failed to disclose some of the lectures she had given as a law professor at Notre Dame. CNN̵
7;s KFile reported last week that Barrett initially failed to publish two lectures she gave in 2013 by two anti-abortion student groups on paperwork made available to the Senate. Barrett’s initial failure to disclose these two events, and subsequent conversations found by CNN’s KFile, raise questions about whether the questionnaire provides a full account of her interviews as a law professor and whether she might draw conclusions from the committee.
CNN’s KFile could not independently confirm Barrett’s participation in the events, only that they were listed on Notre Dame’s public calendars. In some cases, only lists for the events were archived, but no descriptions.
Following CNN coverage last week and a White House investigation into a “right to life” advertisement signed in a Notre Dame newspaper in 2013, Barrett sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee detailing the talks and the advertisement.
At her hearing on Tuesday, Barrett said those initial omissions were an oversight in “finding and remembering” a lot of material for over 30 years.
White House spokeswoman Judd Deere told CNN in an email on Wednesday that Barrett was “nothing but transparent to the committee”. She provided 1,800 pages of material and met with “the vast majority” of the senators on the committee “and after that, today will have been interviewed for almost 20 hours by members who have no notes in front of them.”
A Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman referred CNN to a press release from the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which found that Supreme Court candidates had routinely completed their questionnaires.
CNN reached out to Barrett’s chambers for comment, but they didn’t respond.
Of Barrett’s newly discovered unnamed conversations, some focused on the intersection of religion and law, a not uncommon subject for a Catholic university. In April 2004, Barrett was scheduled to give a two-hour talk entitled “Law and …”. The calendar description was “Liberally Clothing the Naked Public Square,” a reference to religion in the public square.
In February 2005, Barrett was due to speak to the St. Thomas More Society, a student religious organization, about her experience as a Catholic mother in the legal profession.
In March 2013, the calendar indicates that she would be attending a round table with the Notre Dame Constitutional Structure Program to discuss the annual theme, “The Constitution and the Unwritten Law,” which should focus on how the law is shaped forces outside the constitutional text.
In four cases it is not clear what Barrett said in the conversations or what the conversations were about.
According to a 2005 calendar, she was due to speak at the Women’s Rights Forum on April 5, 2005. Likewise, in February 2013 she was supposed to give a presentation to the faculty based on a paper. According to a calendar, she was scheduled to speak to the law school’s anti-abortion club, Jus Vitae, in January 2007, but it’s unclear what the topic of discussion was. And in April 2007, she was scheduled to attend a student scholarship symposium where she responded to a presentation by a student from the school’s legal exam on an unfamiliar subject.