Amy Coney Barrett says she has no agenda but vows to stick to the rule of law.
President Donald Trump’s third nominee for the US supreme court, Amy Coney Barrett, evaded LGBTQ questions, abortion law, and Obama care.
The president previously stated that the committee should decide on the nomination before the presidential elections on Nov. 3.
Amy Coney Barrett should pass the committee hearing with a full senate vote. The Yes or No decision will make her a supreme court judge for a lifetime.
Tuesday marked the day one for direct questioning from the senators of the Judiciary Committee.
On Oct. 12 (Monday), she explained her legal philosophy, qualifications for the position and vowed to judge legal cases impartially.
Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer the questions
In the past, Barrett criticized the Affordable Care Act’s supreme court ruling, aka Obama Care. When asked about her opinions on the law, she refused to answer and stated that the court would soon hear the case.
The judge also stated that she had no conversations with the president about the health care case and will violate the judiciary’s independence if she responds to it.
When Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the top Democrats in the committee, questioned her opinions on the LGBTQ and abortion rights, Barrett dodged the question by saying it would be wrong to remark on precedents.
Hidden views and reference words
Barrett further used the term “sexual preference” when referring to the LGBTQ community. Her reference term agitated the community as anti-LGBTQ activists often use it.
In a recent interview, she said she holds the same judicial philosophy as Justice Antonin Scalia, who is known to disagree on the constitutional right for same-gender marriage.
She stated that she has no agenda to overrule others’ decisions and would only stick to the rule of law. Additionally, she explained that she never tried to impose her choices on others in her personal and professional life.
Theoretical power over elections
Democrats view Barrett as a threat to the laws passed under Obama’s term. They also fear that if she gets nominated, it will benefit Republicans in politically sensitive cases.
The Republicans, despite holding a low majority in the poll, said they are very pleased by the nomination made by the president. It further stated that her record proved that she approaches each case in an unbiased way.
Furthermore, the Democrats accused the Republicans of hypocrisy. It stated that republicans opposed the former president Obama’s decision to fill a court position during the election year.
Adding to Trump’s rushed nomination, the supreme court has the theoretical power to intervene in any disputes surrounding the elections.
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