Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left really big shoes to fill: Feinstein
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein delivers her opening remarks at Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing.
President Trump complained Monday morning that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were giving Democratic members a “great deal of time” to speak during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, saying he would “pull back.”
“The Republicans are giving the Democrats a great deal of time, which is not mandated, to make their self serving statements relative to our great new future Supreme Court Justice,” Trump tweeted.
“Personally, I would pull back, approve, and go for STIMULUS for the people!!!” Trump tweeted, referring to negotiations on Capitol Hill between the White House and congressional lawmakers over a fourth coronavirus stimulus package.
Barrett’s first day of her Senate confirmation process began Monday morning, and is set to run through Thursday, Oct. 15.
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The Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., shared the format of Monday’s hearing – which gave Graham and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., time for opening statements, and time for each senator on the committee to deliver an opening statement for up to 10 minutes each.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wears a face mask before the confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett before Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)
"We've done some things together and we've had some fights in this committee. I'm trying to give you the time you need to make your case and you have every right in the world to make your case," Graham said to Democrats on the committee. "I think I know how the vote's going to come out, but I think Judge Barrett is required for the good of the nation to submit to your questions and ours."
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Committee members were given the option of appearing in the hearing room to deliver opening statements and question Barrett, or participating remotely.
Tuesday's hearing format will allow each senator to question Barrett for 30 minutes. On Wednesday, each senator will be allowed to question Barrett for 20 minutes, and there is time allotted for an additional round of questioning that will give each senator 10 more minutes.
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