This content was published on October 22, 2020 – 19:59
October 22, 2020 – 7:59 PM
The Senate on Thursday crossed a first milestone in the confirmation of the judge appointed by Donald Trump to the Supreme Court. The Democrats were not present: they boycotted a process deemed “illegitimate” so close to the November 3 poll.
The twelve Republican elected officials of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to transmit Amy Coney Barrett’s file to the entire upper house of Congress with a “favorable” opinion. This procedural vote paves the way for a final vote in plenary, possibly as early as Monday.
“It’s a great day for America,” tweeted Donald Trump, who is banking on the appointment of this 48-year-old magistrate, a fervent Catholic, mother of seven and opposed to abortion, to galvanize voters in the religious right. But for Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, running mate of her Democratic rival Joe Biden, “this nomination process is a shame.”
Like her nine Democratic colleagues on the judicial commission, she therefore shunned the vote on Thursday. Large photos of Americans were placed on their seats who they said could lose health coverage if Judge Barrett is upheld.
The Supreme Court is due to examine on November 10 an appeal against the emblematic law of former President Barack Obama on health insurance, “Obamacare”, on which the judge has expressed reservations in the past.
During the three days of his hearing last week, Democrats focused their attacks on this theme, which allowed them to shoot arrows at Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic and resonate with the main message. campaign campaign by Joe Biden.
They also pressed the magistrate with questions on several hot topics, including the right to abortion, the carrying of weapons or the protection of the environment. Careful, she dodged without revealing herself.
For lack of other levers, the Democrats, a minority in the Senate, finally opted for the policy of the empty chair. “This is the most hasty, partisan and least legitimate confirmation process for a Supreme Court judge in history,” said their leader Chuck Schumer.
“It’s their choice, mine is to vote,” retorted the head of the judicial commission Lindsey Graham, a close friend of Donald Trump, who praised the magistrate: “a giant” of law.
The Senate will meet in the hemicycle on Friday to discuss his candidacy. Anxious to go fast, its leader Mitch McConnell aims for a final vote on Monday, eight days before the election.
Despite the announced defection of two elected Republican officials, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, Judge Barrett should obtain the green light from the Senate, essential according to the Constitution. She would then replace the progressive icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18 at the age of 87, and consolidate the conservative majority in the Supreme Court (six out of nine judges).
Its probable confirmation has revived an idea that has been circulating on the left for several months: to create new seats within the high court to counterbalance the influence of the three magistrates appointed by Donald Trump.
Unfavorable to this option during the Democratic primaries, Joe Biden leaves room for doubt. In front of CBS cameras, he suggested an alternative to reform a judicial system that he said had become “out of control”.
“If I am elected, I will set up a national commission, composed of members of both parties” and charged with making “recommendations within 180 days on a reform of the courts”, he said, according to excerpts from this interview broadcast Thursday. “It is not a question of increasing the number of judges”, he assured. “There are many other options under debate.”
Beyond Supreme Court positions, Republicans used their Senate majority to uphold conservative judges in all federal courts. More than 200 magistrates have been appointed since the election of Donald Trump, a large majority of whom are very young, which should leave a lasting mark on the country’s judicial system.
*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.
*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!
These were the details of the news Trump-appointed judge approaches Supreme Court for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.
It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at en24news and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.