Democrats formally request delay in confirming Amy Coney Barrett, seek to push confirmation after presidential inauguration

by Laura Mize · Oct 1st, 2020 3:26 pm

Last Updated Oct 3rd, 2020 at 4:01 am

Led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senate Democrats have formally asked to push the confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, until after the presidential inauguration in January.

Feinstein penned a letter on Wednesday to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Currently, Barret's confirmation hearing is scheduled for October 12.

All the Democrats on the committee signed Feinstein's letter, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the party's nominee for vice president.

"The timeline for consideration of Judge Barrett's nomination is incompatible with the Senate's constitutional role," Feinstein wrote, in part. "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."

Some Supreme Court Justices have been confirmed in less time than Barrett's process is set to take. One was confirmed the same day he was nominated, another was confirmed the day after, and at least 12 have been confirmed with no Senate hearing, according to Thomas Jipping, a deputy director at the Heritage Foundation.

Trump announced Barrett's nomination on September 26.

Graham has called Barrett "one of the most qualified people to ever be nominated to the Supreme Court."


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