Upadated – 01 October 2020 | 12:43 PM IST
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said during a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that President Trump offered her the nomination to the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday, Sept. 21, which is just three days after Ginsburg died and nearly a full week before Trump officially announced the nomination.
Barrett submitted the questionnaire, which is a standing procedure for judicial nominees before their committee hearings, on Monday. As a neighborhood of the questionnaire, Barrett was asked to elucidate her selection process, including her contacts with the president et al. within the White House or Department of Justice. She said she first received a call from the White House on Sept. 19, the day after Ginsburg died.
“On Saturday, September 19, 2020, Counsel to President Pat Cipollone and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows called me about the vacancy. On Sunday, September 20, 2020, I spoke to Mr. Cipollone and Chief of Staff Meadows again, who invited me to return to Washington, and President Trump later called to verify the invitation,” Barrett said.
She continued: “I had meetings with President Trump, President Pence, Mr. Cipollone, and Chief of Staff Meadows in Washington on Monday, September 21, 2020. The President offered me the nomination thereon day, which I accepted, subject to finalizing the vetting process.”
The notation on the questionnaire is critical because throughout the week following Sept. 21 Trump signaled that he was still undecided on who he would choose for the Supreme Court vacancy, saying he was considering five women.
Last Thursday, Trump praised Barrett during an interview on the “Brian Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Radio but in response to a problem from Kilmeade on what it’d deem the nominee to not be Barrett — who was widely considered the frontrunner for the vacancy — Trump shot back, “you don’t know it’s her.”
The president said repeatedly that he was waiting, out of respect, to announce his nominee until memorial services for Ginsburg had wrapped.
The questionnaire also includes Barrett’s employment history, circumstances during which she says she would recuse herself from cases, and other details about her work as a lawyer, professor, and judge. it’ll be one of an enormous trove of documents being sifted through, including opinions, law review articles, and more, that Senate Judiciary Committee members will believe when grilling the judge during hearings set to start out on Oct. 12.
Republicans have said they shall have an utterance vote to officially confirm Barrett by the highest of October. Democrats have said they go to resist her nomination every step of the way, accusing Republicans of hypocrisy for moving ahead with the nomination just weeks before a presidential election once they held open the seat lately Justice Antonin Scalia for months before the 2016 election.
Republicans argue that Senate precedent shows when the Senate and White House are controlled by the same party Supreme Court nominees generally are confirmed during election years. And Trump Tuesday night said that the GOP has every right to maneuver ahead with the tactic because “elections have consequences.”
“I will tell you very simply, we won the election. Elections have consequences. we have the Senate, we have the White House, which we have an impressive nominee,” Trump told moderator Chirs Wallace. “They had [Obama nominee] Merrick Garland [in 2016]. But the matter is that they didn’t have the election, so as that they were stopped.”
Republicans appear to possess the votes to verify Barrett barring unexpected defections.