Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham has officially scheduled the confirmation hearings for Trump Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, despite leading Democrats calling for the hearings to be delayed.
The order from Graham specifies that the hearings will begin at 9 a.m. on October 12 and continue through October 15. Barrett is expected to testify before the committee in person, despite having already done so for her prior confirmation to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer objected to the hearings, saying Sunday that the recent spate of coronavirus diagnoses in Washington, D.C., demands a delay.
"The president's own coronavirus infection, spread to the Senate, as well as a deficient contact tracing process must serve as a reality check for Leader McConnell to once-and-for-all prioritize public health and science over politics," Schumer said. "Rushing Amy Coney Barrett's hearing forward in the midst of a COVID outbreak in the White House and Senate would turn an illegitimate process into a reckless and dangerous one."
Two Senate Judiciary Committee members, Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Mike Lee (R-UT), have tested positive for the virus, and three others, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), James Lankford (R-OK), and Ben Sasse (R-NE), are going to self-quarantine.
Graham said that, given the circumstances, "any senator who wants to participate virtually will be allowed to do so."