President Trump questioned why Republicans were giving Democrats the opportunity to make “self serving statements” during the confirmation hearings for his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and suggested he would shorten the hearings so lawmakers could work on a coronavirus stimulus.
“The Republicans are giving the Democrats a great deal of time, which is not mandated, to make their self serving statements relative to our great new future Supreme Court Justice. Personally, I would pull back, approve, and go for STIMULUS for the people!!!,” the president said on Twitter.
Barrett’s confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off on Monday with the 22 senators on the panel given 10 minutes each to make their opening statements about Barrett.
Later Monday, Barrett will be able to make her opening statement to the committee.
The senators on the committee will be grilling the nominee on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the panel, addressed why Republican and Democratic senators had the opportunity to question Barrett before her confirmation vote.
“All I can say is that I feel that we’re doing this constitutionally, that our Democratic friends object to the process. I respect them all. They’ll have a chance to have their say. But most importantly, I hope we will know more about how the law works, checks and balances, what the Supreme Court is all about, when this hearing is over,” Graham (R-SC) said in his opening remarks.
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