WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett remains non-committal in the Senate confirmation process.
Throughout Day Three of confirmation hearings on her nomination to the Supreme Court by President Trump, Barrett was again questioned by senators on her stance on hot button topics such as abortion, Obamacare, and even presidential pardons.
“Do you agree with originalists that say that Medicare is unconstitutional,” asked Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).
“I can’t answer that question in the abstract,” replied Barrett. “You know, because of the no hints, no forecasts, no previews rule.”
Barrett over and over continued to decline to weigh in on specific opinions on such topics citing the fact that she has not gone through the judicial process in deciding on them, therefore she said she could not offer such opinions.
She continued to stress to skeptical Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee she would be impartial if confirmed to the high court.
“I’ve changed my mind at oral argument, even after reading the briefs,” she said. “I’ve changed my mind at conference after consulting with my colleagues (on the 7th Circut).”
Many Democrats were still not convinced. Barrett, at one point, took issue with accusations by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that she and President Trump had “cut a deal” to do away with Obamacare, which Barrett was adamant isn’t true.
“We shouldn’t be here,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). “We shouldn’t be holding this Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in the midst of an election.”
Durbin said Barrett’s nomination is a “Republican tactic” to try and do away with the Affordable Care Act. He added that it was a “desperate attempt” by the president and Senate Republicans to fill a SCOTUS vacancy when he feels Congress should be taking its time.
Closing arguments will be made today after senators hear witness testimony. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsay Graham says a committee vote on the confirmation will happen next week.