Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will face another round of questioning Wednesday after a marathon session on Tuesday that included questions about upcoming Supreme Court cases and repeated calls for her to promise to recuse herself should a disputed election involving President Donald Trump reach the highest court in the land.
Barrett, nominated by Trump to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month, faced more than 11 hours of questioning on Tuesday from the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The 22 members of the committee will each have 20 minutes to question Barrett on Wednesday as they move toward a scheduled vote on her nomination next week.
On Tuesday, Barrett was asked a range of questions on her views on landmark cases, her allegiance to Trump, if she had made a deal to vote a certain way on an issue and if she spoke a foreign language or played a musical instrument.
Barrett, in keeping with the tradition of past nominees, declined to comment on her feelings on cases that she could possibly be hearing if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Barrett impressed many in the chamber on Tuesday by having no notes in front of her to answer questions during the day-long hearing.
Several Democrats asked Barrett if she had been put up for the nomination in order to vote in a case concerning the Affordable Care Act that is set to be heard by the Supreme Court a week after the election.
Barrett said she had not been asked by President Trump or anyone at the White House to vote a certain way on any issue, and that if she had, “that conversation would have been a short one.”
“I have had no conversation with the president or any of his staff on how I might rule in that case,” Barrett said of the pending ACA case. “It would be a gross violation of judicial independence for me to make any such commitment or be asked about that case and how I would rule.”
Barrett was pressed on her views on the landmark case of Roe v. Wade which made abortion legal in the United States.
She told Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, that she did not consider Roe a “super precedent,” or a case people consider “to be on that very small list of things so widely established and agreed upon by everyone, calls for its overruling simply don’t exist.”
Unlike the 1950s case of Brown v. Board of Education, which banned segregation in schools, Barrett said Roe v. Wade is not a super precedent because “calls for its overruling have never ceased.”
“That doesn’t mean that Roe should be overruled,” Barrett added. “It just means that it doesn’t fall in the small handful of cases like Marbury v. Madison and Brown v. Board that no one questions anymore.”
Here is what we know about the hearing and what happens next.
What time: The hearing begins at 9 a.m. ET.
What channel: Most cable news networks and PBS will carry Barrett’s hearing live.
What is the schedule:
On Wednesday, hearings will continue with senators getting 20 minutes each for questioning.
On Thursday, testimony from outside witnesses is scheduled.
On Oct. 22, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said he plans to hold a vote on Barrett’s confirmation and send the recommendation for her confirmation to the full Senate.
Livestream: Here is the livestream of the event. The livestream will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
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