Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court docket confirmation hearings will start Monday, Oct. 12, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) mentioned Saturday night time.
Graham introduced the hearings schedule a mere 4 hours after her nomination was made public by the president in a Rose Backyard ceremony.
President Trump’s nominee will sit earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee for what is certain to be a contentious course of to fill the vacant court docket seat left by the Sept. 18 demise of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Although expedited, the method will comply with the identical framework because the earlier two Supreme Court docket confirmation hearings beneath the Trump administration, Graham mentioned on Fox Information.
Which means Barrett’s hearings will final 4 days, throughout which she is going to give opening statements, discipline questions from Senators and take heed to testimony from outdoors witnesses.
“The nominee shall be challenged, and that’s acceptable to problem the nominee, but when they deal with Decide Barrett like they did Justice Kavanaugh it’s going to explode in [Democrats’] face massive time,” Graham mentioned.
“Amy Coney Barrett will determine circumstances primarily based on the textual content of the Structure as written,” Trump mentioned of his decide on the Rose Backyard ceremony.
“As Amy has mentioned, being a decide takes braveness. You aren’t there to determine circumstances as you favor however to do your obligation and comply with the regulation wherever it might take you.”
Barrett’s appointment, which might be Trump’s third to the best court docket, would drastically remake the Supreme Court docket right into a decisively conservative physique.
Democrats have grown livid with the Republican-controlled Senate, calling its leaders contradictory and disingenuous.
Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to permit lawmakers to contemplate then-President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nomination, Decide Merrick Garland, following the demise of Supreme Court docket Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, reasoning it was an election yr.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, mentioned he would break with committee custom and never meet with Barrett.
“I’ll refuse to deal with this course of as reliable & won’t meet with Decide Amy Coney Barrett,” he wrote on Twitter, warning that her confirmation might pave the best way for authorized rollbacks of abortion and well being care rights.
Graham, Trump and different Republicans have lauded Barrett as a prime authorized scholar and first-in-her-class graduate of Notre Dame Regulation College.
Trump joked at a rally Saturday night time in Pennsylvania that she must be operating for president.
When Fox Host Jeanine Pirro requested Graham whether or not he thought Democrats would boycott the hearings outright, he laughed.
“Effectively, it’ll make ’em faster,” Graham joked.