Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation hearings before Senate Judiciary Committee


Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett who is expected to be approved on Oct. 22 by Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared before the committee. On Monday, the first confirmation hearing day, Amy Coney Barret pledged to accomplish her Obligations “faithfully and impartially.”

front view of the U.S supreme court building with party cloudy skies in the background
The Supreme Court building in Washington D.C

Introduction

“Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life. The government’s policy decisions and value judgments must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to them. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try”, said Amy Barrett in her opening statement on Monday.

The first hearing day mainly comprised opening statements from 22 members of the senate committee, and no questions were asked from Barret.

In addition to opening statements, there was an exchange of allegations between Democrats and Republicans about the Barret Ideological views and ideas. Amy also talked about Justice Antonin Scalia, saying: 

Justice Scalia taught me more than just law. He was devoted to his family, resolute in his beliefs, and fearless of criticism. And as I embarked on my own legal career, I resolved to maintain that same perspective”.

Amy Coney Barrett
Another view of the supreme court building in Washington D.C highlighing the front fountain, steps, and pillars
Another slick view of the Supreme Court building

Hearings Day Two

 On the second hearing day, Tuesday was the first questioning day that lasted about 12 hours, and every Senator was given 30 minutes to ask their questions. On Tuesday, Barret was asked about the upcoming elections and Affordable Care Act”.

She answered that she was “not here on a mission to destroy the Affordable Care Act” and would not “allow me to be used as a pawn to decide this election for the American people.”

Amy was also questioned about Trump’s statement, in which Trump said he needs his nominee confirmed. Trump said that Democrats would rob the elections, and the matter will be solved in Court. The question was asked by Senator Patrick Leahy, while Amy Barret did not answer.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California also poses a question about Barrett’s view regarding establishing abortion rights. The Senator said Judge Barrett already noted that Justice Scalia is her mentor, while Justice Scalia opposed abortion rights. Moreover, Barret also declined to clear her opinion on this issue.

Conclusion

On Wednesday, Judge Amy Barrett returned to Senate Judiciary Committees, and the questioning session continued for 9 hours. Every Senator was given 20 minutes to ask their questions. On 3rd hearing day, Senators again asked questions on mail-in-ballot, climate change, abortion rights, and Affordable Care Act,” but Barrett dodged the answer once again. She said she had admitted Obama’s Affordable Act in the past, but she never supported the law publicly. 

Barrett again declined the questions on climate change and said: “I don’t think I’m competent to opine on what causes global warming or not.”