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10.13.20

Democrats Are Still Embracing ‘Dark Money’

In Spite Of Democrats' Conspiratorial Denunciations Of 'Dark Money' Groups Weighing In On Judicial Nominations, Senate Democrats Are Once More Working Side-By-Side With Deep-Pocketed Far-Left 'Dark Money' Organizations SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI): "Why does so much special interest dark money surround the [Supreme] Court?" (U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Hearing, 9/22/2020) WHITEHOUSE: "This has the earmar… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Judge Barrett On Impartiality: ‘It’s Never Appropriate For A Judge To Impose That Judge’s Personal Convictions’

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Has Repeatedly Demonstrated Her Commitment To Judicial Independence And Impartiality, Saying 'One Of The Most Important Responsibilities Of A Judge Is To Put Their Personal Preferences And Their Personal Beliefs Aside Because Our Responsibility Is To Adhere To The Rule Of Law' JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT: "But I think that your concern is that because I critiqued the statutory reasoning that I'm hostile to the ACA, and that because I'm hostile to the ACA that I would decide… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Judge Barrett Adheres To The Ginsburg Standard

When Asked By Senators To Discuss Cases That Might Come Before The Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg Said She Could Offer 'No Hints, No Forecasts, No Previews' And When Asked To Review Prior Cases, Justice Kagan Said 'Essentially Grading Past Cases' 'Would Be Inappropriate' JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT: "So Senator, I do want to be forthright and answer every question so far as I can. I think, on that question, you know, I'm going to invoke Justice Kagan's description, which is perfectly put. When s… Continue Reading


10.13.20

‘We Are All Originalists’

Democrats Always Attempt To Misleadingly Characterize Originalism, But It Is So Mainstream In The Legal Community That Even Justices Kagan And Ginsburg Referred To Themselves As Originalists SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman: "You said you are an orginialist, is that true? What does that mean in English?..." JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT: "In English. Ok, so in English that means that I interpret the Constitution as a law. That I interpret its text as text. And I unde… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Judiciary Committee’s Schedule For A Vote On Judge Barrett’s Nomination Keeps With Precedent

Since Hearings For Supreme Court Nominations Began In 1916, Of 51 Nominees Who Were Confirmed By The Senate, Half Had A Vote In The Judiciary Committee Within 7 Or Fewer Days Of The End Of Their Hearings Since Supreme Court Nomination Hearings Began in 1916, The Senate Judiciary Committee Voted On The Nomination In One Week Or Less Following A Nominee's Final Hearing Day 26 Times 1 DAY: Justice Brett Kavanaugh's final hearing day was on September 27, 2018 and his Senate Judiciary Committee … Continue Reading


10.12.20

Sen. Durbin’s Selective Amnesia

Durbin Laments The Increasing Partisanship Around Supreme Court Nominations But Ignores His Own Leading Role Shattering A Number Of Senate Precedents That Have Made Judicial Nominations Much More Partisan SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): "It has been recounted earlier that Justice Ginsburg was approved by the Senate by a 96-3 vote. This icon of liberal thinking, advocate for the ACLU, 96-3 before the United States Senate. And then, Antonin Scalia, on the opposite polar end of the political spectrum, ap… Continue Reading


10.12.20

Democrats’ Hysterical Health Care Claims ‘Collapse Under The Slightest Examination’

Judge Barrett Has Never Ruled On Obamacare And Though Democrats Are Presenting The Illusion Of A Near-Certain Outcome In The Pending Court Case, Legal Experts Across The Ideological Spectrum Dismiss That Idea As "Ridiculous" SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "One of the pre-selected scare tactics is that Judge Barrett is out to steal Americans' healthcare coverage. That's the claim: This mother of seven, including multiple children who were born or adopted facing pre-existing medic… Continue Reading


10.12.20

Minds Made Up: Senate Democrats Already Announced Their Opposition To Judge Barrett

Numerous Senate Democrats Announced They Will Oppose Judge Barrett's Nomination Before The Hearings Even Began Several Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Declared Their Opposition To Judge Barrett The Very Day The Was Nominated SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: "I will continue to fight on behalf of the people and strongly oppose the president's nomination." (Sen. Harris, Press Release, 9/26/2020) SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT), Senate Judiciary Committee Me… Continue Reading


10.12.20

ABA Rates Judge Barrett ‘Well-Qualified’ To Serve As Associate Justice Of Supreme Court

Top Dems: 'The ABA Evaluation Has Been The Gold Standard By Which Judicial Candidates Are Judged' AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION on Judge Amy Coney Barrett: "The American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has completed its evaluation of the professional qualifications of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has been nominated by the President to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As you know, the Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qua… Continue Reading


10.12.20

Professional Colleagues ‘Can Think Of No Better Person To Serve As An Associate Justice On The Supreme Court’ Than Judge Barrett

Those Who Have Worked Closely With Judge Barrett Know Her As A 'Role Model Who Is So Unfailingly Talented, Generous, And Kind' And 'Proved To Be One Of [Notre Dame Law School's] Most Stellar Appointments Across Every Dimension,' Declare Her 'Highly Qualified By Every Relevant Measure' And Say Quite Simply, 'Amy Coney Barrett Is The Best Of Us' Judge Barrett's Former Law Clerks: 'We Unreservedly Agree-Despite Our Differing Backgrounds, Beliefs, And Views-That Amy Coney Barrett Will Be An E… Continue Reading


10.11.20

The Senate Judiciary Hearing Is In Accordance With The Office Of Attending Physician And Senate Rules

Senate Democrats' Demands For Testing Are About Delay And Not Science, And Are Inconsistent With Protocols The Senate Has Been Operating Under Reminder: Senate Democrats Have Been Saying Since Before Judge Barrett Was Nominated That Their 'First Job' Is To 'Delay These Hearings,' Exposing Their Latest Demands As Simply More Partisan Political Delay Tactics SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "We will have many more procedural options when it comes to a vote in the Senate committee and a vote on th… Continue Reading


10.11.20

State Officials Urge The Senate To Confirm Judge Barrett

Governors, Lt. Governors, And State Attorneys And Solicitors General Are Confident Judge Barrett 'Respects The Roles Of Coequal Branches Of Government And Protects Powers Reserved To The States,' Laud Her 'Stellar Academic And Teaching Background, And Courtroom Judicial Experience' And Believe 'She Has The Qualifications, Experience, And Judicial Philosophy To Be An Outstanding Associate Justice' Governors: 'Judge Barrett Carries A Longstanding And Well-Respected Reputation As A Legal Scho… Continue Reading


10.09.20

‘Very Common’: SCOTUS Nominees Supplementing Their Committee Questionnaires Is Completely Routine

The Last Six Justices Confirmed To The Court, Nominated By Presidents Of Both Parties, Have All Submitted Supplemental Materials To The Senate Judiciary Committee Chief Justice John Roberts And Justices Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, And Brett Kavanaugh All Submitted Supplemental Material To Their Original Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaires Then-Judge John Roberts submitted a supplemental response to the Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire on August … Continue Reading


10.09.20

‘They Fully Intend To Pack The Court’

Joe Biden Won't Answer When Asked If He Supports A Nakedly Political Scheme To Pack The Supreme Court And Destroy Its Independence, But Senate Democrats Have Spent Months Saying They're 'Absolutely Open To It' HUGH HEWITT: "[Sen. Kamala Harris] and the former Vice President ought to be criticized for not answering the question about packing the Court." SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[W]ell look, Hugh, on that, when they don't answer the question, you know what the answer is… Continue Reading


10.09.20

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Is ‘A Woman Of Extraordinary Achievement’ With ‘A Strong Record Of Commitment To The Rule Of Law’

After Meeting With Judge Barrett, Senators Came Away Impressed By Her 'Stellar Credentials,' 'Unquestionable Knowledge Of The Law,' And 'Commitment To The Constitution,' Finding Her To Be 'An Inspiring Role Model As A Wife, Mother, Scholar And An Accomplished Jurist' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I think [the president] picked the single best person he could have picked anywhere in the country. This is a woman of extraordinary achievement. In her personal life, she's got se… Continue Reading


10.07.20

150 Hybrid Hearings Since May

The Senate Has Successfully Held 150 Hybrid Hearings With Some Participation By Videoconference Since The Pandemic Began SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The [Senate Judiciary Committee] Chairman has indicated the Committee will use the same hybrid format - with some participants appearing in person and others appearing over video - that it has successfully used for more than 20 prior hearings this year. Let me say that again. The Judiciary Committee alone has held more than 20 h… Continue Reading


10.07.20

Democrats Keep Making Judge Barrett’s Religion An Issue

Democrats And The Media Keep Attacking Judge Barrett's Religious Beliefs And Baselessly Suggesting That She Would Rule Based On Her Religion Instead Of The Law SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The ongoing attacks by Senate Democrats and the media on Judge Barrett's faith are a disgrace. They demean the confirmation process, disrespect the Constitution, and insult millions of American believers…. Our coastal elites are so disconnected from their own country that they tre… Continue Reading


10.06.20

Speaker Pelosi Decides Nothing Is Better Than Anything

Republicans Have Tried For Months To Compromise With Democrats, But Speaker Pelosi Has Refused To Budge From Her All-Or-Nothing Demands On Coronavirus Relief SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "If Senate Democrats were half as concerned as they say about American families' healthcare, they would not have filibustered a multi-hundred-billion-dollar proposal for more coronavirus relief just a few weeks ago…. Three weeks ago, every single Senator cast a vote on pre-existing cond… Continue Reading


10.05.20

Senate Democrats’ Disingenuous Objections To A Hybrid Hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Who Once Praised Hybrid Hearings With Virtual Participation Have Now Changed Their Tune, Calling Them Unacceptable, Despite Participating In 21 Of Them Since May Since May, The Senate Judiciary Committee Has Held At Least 21 Hearings With Virtual Participation, 17 Of Which Had Senators Participating Virtually In The First Such Hearing, Sen. Klobuchar Thanked Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham 'For Being Willing To Do A Hybrid Hearing,' And Said … Continue Reading


10.01.20

Dems’ Recusal Demands Are ‘Another Totally Invented Standard’

Justice Kagan Ruled In Major Obamacare Cases After Serving In The Obama Administration, Justices Ginsburg And Breyer Ruled In Landmark Cases Where President Clinton Was A Party, And All Four Justices Appointed By Those Presidents Participated In Election Year Cases When That President Stood For Re-Election SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Here's another one of the made-up attacks: Democrats are demanding that Judge Barrett commit in advance to recuse herself from entire catego… Continue Reading

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