Three Democratic senators have said they will not meet with President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Two of the senators are on the Senate’s judiciary committee.
Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, both members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, along with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, say they will not meet with Amy Coney Barrett during her Senate confirmation.
The meetings between senators and the president’s nominee for a Supreme Court seat are a tradition, and allow the nominee to meet and talk with all the senators who will vote on the nomination.
Blumenthal issued a lengthy statement saying why he will not speak with Barrett, calling the confirmation process a “sham.”
“I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely one month before an election as Americans are already casting their votes. Americans deserve a voice in this hugely consequential decision,” Blumenthal posted in a lengthy string of tweets.
“Judge Barrett’s views would harm real lives — real people — in real ways, from children with preexisting conditions to women who just want to be able to decide when and how to have a family,” he continued. “I’m fighting for them.”
Hawaii’s Hirono took to Twitter to outline her opposition to the nominee and the process. She explained in a series of tweets why she is opposed to Barrett’s nomination.
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