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Opening Statement of Amy Coney Barrett

Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, here’s a partial transcript of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s opening statement:

I also clerked for Justice Scalia, and like many law students, I felt like I knew the justice before I ever met him, because I had read so many of his colorful, accessible opinions. More than the style of his writing, though, it was the content of Justice Scalia’s reasoning that shaped me. His judicial philosophy was straightforward: A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were. Sometimes that approach meant reaching results that he did not like. But as he put it in one of his best known opinions, that is what it means to say we have a government of laws, not of men.

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SCOTUS Justice Ginsburg Passes

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died tonight at the age of 87. The Supreme Court announced her death, stating the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. Ginsburg had battled cancer for years.

The Post Millennial

The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Following campaign remarks in Minnesota, President Trump was informed of Ginsburg’s passing –

She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that, you’re telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not. She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I am actually sad to hear that. I’m sad to hear that.

President Donald J. Trump

In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.

By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise, President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

On September 9, 2020, President Trump released a new list of potential Supreme Court nominees – as follows:

  • Bridget Bade (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit)
  • Daniel Cameron (Kentucky attorney general)
  • Paul Clement (former solicitor general of the United States)
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)
  • Stuart Kyle Duncan (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit)
  • Steven Engel (Office of Legal Counsel, DOJ)
  • Noel Francisco (former solicitor general of the United States)
  • Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)
  • James Ho (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit)
  • Greg Katsas (U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit)
  • Barbara Lagoa (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit)
  • Christopher Landau (U.S. ambassador to Mexico)
  • Carlos Muñiz (Supreme Court of Florida)
  • Martha Pacold (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois)
  • Peter Phipps (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit)
  • Sarah Pitlyk (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri)
  • Allison Jones Rushing (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit)
  • Kate Todd (deputy White House counsel)
  • Lawrence VanDyke (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit)

Source: SCOTUS Blog

What’s next?

I believe that, despite threats of ramped up rioting from Biden supporters, President Trump, per authority granted to him in the US Constitution, must nominate a conservative justice to the Supreme Court. In turn, the Senate must vote to confirm that nominee. If the shoe were on the other foot, democrats would not hesitate to act – nor should we.

Regarding republicans in name only

If a Republican senator fails to support a qualified, originalist nominee from the president, then their status as a Republican must be forfeited. Every effort to be made to effect their de facto expulsion from the party, whether it’s by a state recall, expelling them from the party caucus, stripping them of committee seats, or supporting a direct primary challenger. To falter in this moment is a betrayal of what Republicans have promised their voters for decades.

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Rachel Mitchell’s Analysis

Rachel Mitchell
Nominations Investigative Counsel
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

See Analysis of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Allegations – September 30, 2018

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Activists Disguised As Lawyers

In consideration as to the circumstances regarding a failure of the legal team to adequately inform Christine Blasey Ford “in a manner consistent with the best interests of the client” (American Bar Association Rule 1.3) regarding privacy, wherein several communications by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley extended offers to meet discretely with Ford at any place convenient to her, including in her home State of California, Fox News contributor Gregg Jarrett notes:

The very senator who Ford trusted to keep her story confidential encouraged the professor to hire Democratic-activist lawyers who may have been motivated to push for a public hearing in defiance of their client’s wishes is extraordinarily significant.

Source: In Kavanaugh battle, are Ford’s lawyers representing her, or the Democrats? – by Gregg Jarrett

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Trump Tweets Kavanaugh Support

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chaos

Understand, this is not about Christine Blasey Ford. She’s a tool — a quite willing tool, but a tool all the same. This is not even about the eminently qualified federal circuit-court judge Brett Kavanaugh — it would be no different regardless of which nominee President Trump selected in consultation with White House counsel Don McGahn, the Federalist Society, the Heritage Foundation, and the rest of the originalist, conservative legal community come of age. Democrats do not want a model of constitutional fidelity and judicial restraint elevated to the Supreme Court. End of story.

Source: Grassley’s Kangaroo Court – by Andrew C. McCarthy

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Biden: No SCOTUS Pick Until After Election

On June 25, 1992, (then) Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), delivered an emphatic floor speech, stating:

…it is my view that if a Supreme Court justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not — and not — name a nominee until after the November election is completed.

And…

The Senate, too, Mr. President must consider how it would respond to a Supreme Court vacancy that would occur in the full throes of an election year. It is my view that if the President goes the way of Presidents [Millard] Fillmore and [Andrew] Johnson, and presses an election year nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over.

Source: Joe Biden, 1992: No Supreme Court Pick Until After Election (breitbart.com)