Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has revealed that Judge Amy Coney Barrett has enough votes to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
McConnell says Barrett will likely clear the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 22nd and receive a full vote on the 23rd, according to Bloomberg News.
“We have the votes,” McConnell said Thursday in Kentucky after taking part in early balloting for the Nov. 3 election.
BBG: Mitch McConnell affirms GOP has votes to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 15, 2020
Barrett has been ready all week for all of the leading and bizarre questions from Democratic senators during her confirmation hearings.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons made it a point to ask Barrett about her mentor the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whom Barrett clerked.
Since Barrett admittedly subscribes to the same originalist judicial philosophy that Scalia championed, Democrats claim that Scalia’s past votes against Obamacare, gay marriage, and the Voting Rights Act would be hers, too.
But under questioning from Coons, Barrett told the senator it’s unfair to expect she would decide a case just as her mentor had done.
“I hope that you aren’t suggesting that I don’t have my own mind,” Barrett said. “Or that I couldn’t think independently or that I would just decide like, ‘Let me see what Justice Scalia has said about this in the past.’
“I assure you I have my own mind,” she asserted.
Coons was making the case that adding Barrett to the court to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon, will have a “profound” impact to swing the court in the conservative direction with a 6-3 majority.
Coons brought up a poster board of roughly 120 Supreme Court cases that were decided by a 5-4 majority where Ginsburg was in the majority and Scalia dissented.
Had Barrett been on the court instead of Ginsburg the difference in case outcomes would have had “huge consequences” on everyday Americans on issues ranging from health care to consumer protections and gun safety and immigration, Coons said.
“My core concern here, your honor, is that your confirmation may launch a new chapter of conservative judicial activism, unlike anything we’ve seen in decades,” Coons said. “… And so with all due respect, I will be voting against your confirmation.”
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Coons line of questioning doesn’t really matter because his mind is already made up.
Coons published an op-ed on Fox News saying he will not vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court.
“I worry that the consequences of the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court would be devastating for the American people and for our nation for many years to come,” he wrote.
Several other Democrats had notable exchanges with Barrett.
Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono asked Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a devout practicing Catholic and mother of seven children, if she has ever sexually assaulted anyone.
After delivering remarks on “ensuring the fitness of nominees,” Hirono questioned whether Barrett had ever been accused of sexual impropriety or entered into an agreement to related to inappropriate sexual conduct.
“Citing a statement from Chief Justice John Roberts in 2017 in which he acknowledged that the judiciary ‘is not immune’ from the problem of sexual misconduct, Hirono said it is her duty ‘to ensure the fitness of nominees’ for positions that have lifetime appointments,” Fox News reported late Tuesday.
“Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?” Hirono asked Barrett.
“No, Senator Hirono,” Barrett replied.
Hirono then asked Barrett, “Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?”
Barrett again said no.
Sen. Mazie Hirono asks ACB "since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?" pic.twitter.com/6JgLkoIXIF
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 13, 2020