Amy Coney Barrett's fellow faculty members at the University of Notre Dame called on her to delay her nomination until after the election
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Faculty members at the University of Notre Dame called on judge Amy Coney Barrett, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, to "halt" her nomination till after the November election, in an open letter. "We congratulate you on your nomination to the United States Supreme Court. An appointment to the Court is the crowning achievement of a legal career and speaks to the commitments you have made throughout your life. And while we are not pundits, from what we read your confirmation is all but assured," the letter read. "That is why it is vital that you issue a public statement calling for a halt to your nomination process until after the November presidential election," the letter continued. Barrett was nominated by Trump to fill the seat of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last month. After Ginsburg's death, Congressional Democrats denounced the idea of nominating and confirming a new justice until after the November elections, arguing that the seat should remain empty until a new president is elected. Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings for a nominee chosen by then-President Barack Obama arguing it was too late for him to push a nominee through a polarized Senate. Following Scalia's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President." Senate Minority Chuck Schumer issued the same statement following Ginsburg's death. Confirmation hearings for Barrett began this week. In their letter, Barrett's co-workers gave three reasons for why she should halt the nomination, including arguing that the election is already underway and that voters should decide who gets nominated on to the court. "The rushed nature of your nomination process, which you certainly recognize as an exercise in raw power politics, may effectively deprive the American people of a voice in selecting the next Supreme Court justice," the letter stated. "You are not, of course, responsible for the anti-democratic machinations driving your nomination. Nor are you complicit in the Republican hypocrisy of fast-tracking your nomination weeks before a presidential election when many of the same senators refused to grant Merrick Garland so much as a hearing a full year before the last election. However, you can refuse to be party to such maneuvers." The group also told Barrett to honor Ginsburg's legacy by not going against her wishes to have her seat remain open until the next president is elected. Finally, they argued that her confirmation would further polarize an already divide nation. "Our politics are consumed by polarization, mistrust, and fevered conspiracy theories. Our country is shaken by the pandemic and economic suffering. There is violence in the streets of American cities. The politics of your nomination, as you surely understand, will further inflame our civic wounds, undermine confidence in the court, and deepen the divide among ordinary citizens," the letter said. Barrett has come under fire for her views on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Trump has repeatedly promised to nominate a judge who would strike down the act, which has afforded millions of Americans health insurance and added benefits. In 2017, Barrett was critical of Chief Justice John Roberts' reasoning to uphold the Affordable Care Act. "Chief Justice Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute," Barrett wrote then. "He construed the penalty imposed on those without health insurance as a tax, which permitted him to sustain the statute as a valid exercise of the taxing power; had he treated the payment as the statute did — as a penalty — he would have had to invalidate the statute as lying beyond Congress's commerce power." The group acknowledged that if Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden were to be elected, Barrett would most likely not be confirmed. "That would be painful, surely. Yet there is much to be gained in risking your seat. You would earn the respect of fair-minded people everywhere. You would provide a model of civic selflessness. And you might well inspire Americans of different beliefs toward a renewed commitment to the common good," the group said in the letter.
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US supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in during Monday's opening confirmation hearing before...US supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in during Monday's opening confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee and told senators she was humbled to be considered to fill the seat left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.President Donald Trump formally nominated Barrett on 26 September.Trump's nomination of Barrett to a vacancy created by the death last month of Ginsburg just weeks before the election enraged Democrats, still furious about Republicans' refusal to consider a nominee from Barack Obama some 10 months before the 2016 election. Continue reading...
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Summary List PlacementSen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that Democrats won't be able to prevent the nomination...Summary List PlacementSen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that Democrats won't be able to prevent the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick. "We can slow it down perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can't stop the outcome," Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week." NEW: Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin tells @GStephanopoulos that Senate Democrats can “slow” the process of confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett “perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can’t stop the outcome.” https://t.co/zTNMzk2uyg pic.twitter.com/mA8TYkY9Df — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 27, 2020 Trump announced on Saturday that he was nominating Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg's dying wish, according to a statement, was that she "will not be replaced until a new president is installed." Barrett, if nominated, would give the Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative majority, shifting the court's ideological balance more to the right. Interest groups and high-profile lawmakers have urged Congress to delay the nomination, arguing that the nominee should be chosen after the presidential election in November. Meanwhile, Republicans have been eager to push Barrett through, with Sen. Mitch McConnell vowing that "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate floor." At least two Republican lawmakers — Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — so far have indicated that they support waiting until after the election to fill the seat. "If two others decide over the course of the debate to stand up and take the same position, then we can have a different timing, perhaps a different outcome," Durbin said Sunday. Supreme Court justices must be confirmed to the bench by the Senate, according to the United States Constitution. Republicans, with 53 seats in the Senate, form the majority of the upper chamber of Congress.SEE ALSO: The Senate could vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court just days before the presidential election Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America