A bitterly divided Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court on Monday, elevating just the fifth woman to the court in its 231-year history and one who further cements its conservative shift — a legacy that will las
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on a glide path to the Supreme Court, but she will leave behind a Senate badly torn by its third confirmation blowup in four years, with the potential for severe repercussions should Democrats take control next year.
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held dueling town hall events Thursday night in place of a scheduled presidential debate. And on Capitol Hill, senators questioned Amy Coney Barrett ahead of a potential confirmation vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court.
The presidential election is 19 days away. President Trump returned to the campaign trail this week, just over 10 days after being diagnosed with COVID-19. On Capitol Hill, confirmation hearings rolled forward toward Republicans’ goal of filling late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.
Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment would shift the ideological balance of the high court for a generation and takes place just weeks before a presidential election. Yet Barrett’s hearings have been remarkably low key.
The outcome of the Senate struggle over President Trump’s high court nominee was evident from the moment Senator Lindsey Graham convened the proceedings by announcing that “the hearing to confirm Judge Amy Barrett to the Supreme Court will now begin.