Meanwhile, GOP officials were working behind the scenes on a quick clip to postpone their nomination by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which had sent Barrett the usual candidate questionnaire on Sunday when attorneys and aides reviewed their records at least three days prior to confirmatory hearings October 12th. Democrats continued to ponder their options for a more in-depth examination of their records, including additional document requests, according to aide-ranks – although Barrett, who had limited government service alongside her judiciary, would not leave a long paper path aside from her legal writings and opinions.
Barrett was already on track to submit the questionnaire on Tuesday revealing her most monumental cases, work history, public writings, and details of her selection process, according to several officials familiar with the nomination process.
“We truly believe Judge Barrett personally represents the best of America in terms of her great intellect and background,”
McConnell said he was delighted to begin the process, although on Tuesday he continued to decline to say whether Barrett would be confirmed ahead of the election. Republican leaders have set a schedule to do just that, with no surprises.
“I made our discussion even more convinced that President Trump nominated exactly the kind of outstanding person the American people deserve to stand in their highest court,” McConnell said later Tuesday. “Americans deserve brilliant judges with excellent legal minds. Judge Barrett is that and much more. ”
The Democrats continued to oppose the process as a growing chorus of Democratic senators insisted that Barrett withdraw from all election-related cases if she sits in the Supreme Court and Trump’s explicit link between confirming his candidate and hearing judges through elections takes into account -related legal challenges that would arise.
“One of the things I want to ask her is whether she will find herself with the election issues that lie ahead,” Sen. Cory Booker said on NBC’s Meet the Press earlier this week. “Because if she does not apologize, I fear that the court will be further delegitimized.”
Republicans turned down the question of refusal and whether Barrett had a conflict of interest in hearing such a case.
“The whole reason the Senate should act and act immediately to uphold a ninth justice system is so that the Supreme Court can resolve any post-election cases,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “This choice is a highly competitive choice.”
In 2016, Cruz suggested that Republicans could indefinitely block any Hillary Clinton Democratic candidate if she won the presidency.
“There is a long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer judges,” Cruz said.
Barrett was ready to meet nine Republicans including McConnell, Cruz, Lindsey O. Graham (SC), Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), Mike Crapo (Idaho), and Cory Gardner (Colorado). Rick Scott (Fla.), John Thune (SD) and Mike Lee (Utah). The Republican senators largely praised her records and jurisprudence, and specifically nodded to her that she was a conservative pioneer in the spirit of liberal justice that would replace her, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“She had a stellar career (career), as I said in science, but she is also known for coaching women in law and it could be safely said that you followed Justice Ginsburg,” Grassley told Barrett when in a socially distant relationship they sat in chairs in a meeting room in the Capitol.
Several key Senate Democrats have directly said they will not meet with Barrett, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.), although it was unclear on Tuesday which Senator Dianne Feinstein, California, would become the senior Democrat on the judiciary committee to do.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Said Tuesday that she would not meet with Barrett, “We need to treat this nomination like the illegitimate takeover that it is.”
The government has avoided a traditional outside “sherpa” to assist Barrett in navigating Capitol Hill during their verification process. She relied primarily on Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, and Pat Cipollone, who led her through her battle.
Both officials from the west wing were present at the meetings on Tuesday.
Trump nominated Barrett, 48, a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, on Saturday to replace Ginsburg, who died September 18 at the age of 87. Since the hours after Ginsburg’s death, Senate Republicans have acted swiftly to confirm their replacement this year, despite the proximity of the elections and their decision four years ago, former President Barack Obama’s candidate for the Supreme Court for to block eight months and insist that voters decide in November which party can occupy that seat.
Only two Republican senators – Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska – out of the 53 have said the Senate should wait until after the election for the nomination.
“It’s very legitimate,” said Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, of the process. “It’s very constitutional.”