A Group of Democrat Senators, led by Dianne Feinstein, have formally demanded that the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett delayed until after the presidential inauguration.
Formalizing their push to ignore the constitution, the Democrats are now officially looking to interfere with the president’s SCOTUS pick to replace late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, wrote to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham to challenge the planned Oct. 12 date for Barrett’s hearing.
Feinstein argued that there is not enough time to rush the vetting process for Barrett.
“The timeline for consideration of Judge Barrett’s nomination is incompatible with the Senate’s constitutional role,” Feinstein wrote. “We again urge you to delay consideration of this nomination until after the presidential inauguration. The Senate and the American public deserve a deliberative, thorough process, and this falls far short.”
Feinstein falsely claimed that the current process to nominate Barrett “is a sharp departure from past practice” and “undercuts the Senate’s ability to fulfill its advice and consent role and deprives the American people of a meaningful opportunity to gauge the nominee and her record for themselves.”
Graham and the rest of the GOP senators, however, have said they believe she is qualified to be nominated for the Supreme Court.
In a statement, Graham said he met with Barrett this week, saying, “I think [Judge Barrett] is one of the most qualified people to ever be nominated to the Supreme Court.”
“The question for the country is, is [Judge Barrett] ready to be promoted?” he asked. “I think the answer is yes. I think she’s done everything anybody could hope a nominee for the Supreme Court would do in their life.”
Barrett, for her part, completed a 65-page questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee on her legal and professional history. She also turned in hundreds of documents related to her writings and legal opinions.
While the Democrats will continue their feeble attempts to stall the nomination, they can not delay the inevitable as Republicans hold the necessary majority in the Senate to push the nomination through.
Republicans are not just sitting idly by either, they’re going on the offensive – pushing back on the Democrats looking to stop the Barrett confirmation.
Conservative Attorney generals from across the U.S. sent a letter to the Senate Thursday morning urging them to confirm the SCOTUS pick, and brilliantly used the Democrats’ own words to argue for her confirmation.
Addressing “those who believe the Senate should not hold a hearing” in their letter, they quoted a similar letter that they said Democratic attorneys general (AGs) sent in support of Merrick Garland’s nomination in 2016.
“The Constitution clearly sets out the process for filling a Supreme Court vacancy. The president has a duty to make a nomination,” the Republicans quoted from the 2016 letter, which was signed by AGs from 19 states, including California and New York.
The Republicans went on to quote the Democrats, who said that the Senate “has the responsibility to consider and approve or disapprove the nomination. While simple, this is the law and it should be followed.”
The letter also used the Democrats’ reference to historical precedence for confirming a justice in an election year.
“Indeed, as the 2016 letter makes clear, ‘since 1900, six justices have been confirmed during election years, including Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was confirmed in the final year of the Reagan administration.'”
The Republican AGs also celebrated Barrett as someone they believe “will make an excellent associate justice,” citing her academic and professional credentials, as well as her “unwavering commitment to a judicial philosophy that prioritizes restraint, humility and respect for the rule of law.”