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Democrats Use Visual Stunt as Barrett Vote Proceeds

They put portraits of ObamaCare beneficiaries in seats for Senate panel's vote

(Newser) - Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moved ahead on Thursday as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve her, reports the AP . Every Democrat on the panel skipped the vote in protest, and every Republican voted yes. A full Senate confirmation vote is now on track for... More »

As Confirmation Hearings Wrap, Outcry Over a Hug

Dianne Feinstein's embrace of Lindsey Graham doesn't go over well on the left

(Newser) - A hug between Senate colleagues is getting a lot of attention. As Thursday's Supreme Court confirmation hearing wrapped up, Sen. Dianne Feinstein—the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary panel—took time to thank GOP chair Lindsey Graham. "This has been one of the best set of hearings... More »

Senate Panel Sets Vote Date on Barrett

Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Oct. 22, before sending nomination to Senate floor

(Newser) - The GOP is moving quickly in its plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, with the Senate Judiciary Committee officially setting a vote date of Oct. 22 for the panel, Politico reports. That would keep the Republican lawmakers' goal on track to have Barrett confirmed on the... More »

Can Trump Pardon Himself? Barrett Says She Can't Answer

It's the Supreme Court nominee's final day of questioning before the committee

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's third and final appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee got underway Wednesday. It follows a Tuesday session that stretched almost 12 hours, and the New York Times reports that with "many of the more technical questions" out of the way, the third... More »

Barrett Sidesteps Questions on Big Issues

'I have no agenda,' says Supreme Court nominee

(Newser) - The actual questioning of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has begun on Capitol Hill. However, Barrett is following the tradition of nominees not answering questions about how they might rule on key issues—in this case, ObamaCare and abortion, notes Politico . "If I give off-the-cuff answers, then I... More »

Trump Suggests Republicans Scrap Hearings and Vote

It's day one of the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings

(Newser) - As a Senate panel begins the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, two things seem like safe bets. The first is that Republicans have the votes to confirm . The second is that, as predicted by judiciary panel chief Lindsey Graham in his introduction of Barrett Monday, "this is going... More »

Confirmation Hearings May Be 'Last Stand' for Graham

South Carolina senator is in the spotlight as chairman amid his tight reelection race

(Newser) - Much is at stake in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, now underway in DC, and not just in court-related matters. The AP sees the hearings as a possible "last stand" for Lindsey Graham. The 65-year-old South Carolina Republican is locked in a tight race... More »

Barrett's Confirmation Appears to Be Less Certain

Two senators on Judiciary Committee have tested positive for virus

(Newser) - The COVID-19 toll on the Senate could put Republicans at risk of running out of time—and votes—as they try to push through the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee. Three GOP senators have tested positive for the coronavirus, and others are in self-quarantine. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the majority... More »

Sen. Graham: I'll Green-Light Mueller's Testimony

'That request will be granted,' says the South Carolina Republican

(Newser) - This time, Sen. Lindsey Graham is willing to listen. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he'll let Democrats call Robert Mueller to testify before the committee, the Washington Post reports. Graham had rejected such calls before but appeared to change his mind after Mueller penned a... More »

Barr Is 'Slicing the Onion Very, Very Thinly'

And other reactions from the media universe

(Newser) - Reaction to William Barr's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is no calmer than anything else these days. "He must resign as attorney general," states NBC News analyst Mimi Rocah. "William Barr torched his reputation," cries the Washington Post . On the other side: "No,... More »

'I Didn't Exonerate': Barr Goes Before the Senate

Attorney general appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee

(Newser) - Into the lion's den. Attorney General William Barr is now appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in what is the first time he is facing lawmakers' questions since he released the Mueller report. A couple hours in, the AP reports that "private tensions between Justice Department leaders and... More »

Grassley Explains Lack of Women on Judiciary Committee

The veteran senator says it might be 'workload'

(Newser) - "It's a lot of work—maybe they don't want to do it." So says Sen. Chuck Grassley on why the Senate Judiciary Committee that supported Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination had no female Republicans, per the Wall Street Journal . "My chief of staff of... More »

Kavanaugh Advances, but a New Snag Emerges

Senate Republicans agree to a one-week delay in floor vote for an FBI investigation

(Newser) - On to the full Senate, eventually. The Judiciary Committee on Friday voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, but not without some last-minute drama and confusion. The panel voted along party lines, 11-10, but just before the roll call, Republican Jeff Flake asked for a one-week delay in... More »

Kavanaugh's Prospects Just Got Much Brighter

GOP's Jeff Flake will back him, making approval likely in Senate committee Friday afternoon

(Newser) - After Thursday's high drama , the Senate Judiciary Committee looks poised to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate. The vote is scheduled for 1:30pm Eastern, reports NPR . Going into the day, the main suspense had been whether Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona would side... More »

GOP Is Going Ahead With Friday Vote on Kavanaugh

Jeff Flake says he's still making his mind up

(Newser) - The future of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination is unclear after Thursday's dramatic hearing —but Republicans still plan to hold a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Friday. GOP Sen. John Cornyn said after a Thursday night meeting that the plan is to hold a vote Friday, paving... More »

Prosecutor to Ford: 'I'm Very Sorry'

Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hangs in the balance in Senate testimony

(Newser) - She's positive it happened. That's one big theme emerging from Christine Blasey Ford's highly anticipated testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford told senators she has no doubt that it was Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who accosted her on a bed at a party in... More »

5th Accusation to Hit Kavanaugh Is Recanted

As he calls the 4th 'total Twilight Zone'

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh firmly denied a fourth and a fifth allegation of sexual misconduct—one of which was later recanted—in a Tuesday conference call with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to a transcript released late Wednesday. In one claim, made in an anonymous letter sent to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner,... More »

Kavanaugh Accuser Submits 4 Affidavits Backing Her Claim

But nominee's lawyer complains Christine Blasey Ford hasn't submitted polygraph

(Newser) - Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say they have submitted sworn affidavits to the Senate Judiciary Committee from four people who say she told them she had been assaulted in high school. The four sworn affidavits are among the information the committee is considering on the eve of Ford and Supreme... More »

Senate GOP Hires Woman to Question Ford, Kavanaugh

Rachel Mitchell has experience prosecuting sex crimes

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford are expected to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday—but viewers will not see Ford questioned on her sexual assault allegations by the 11-strong, all-male Republican contingent on the committee. Instead, they have hired Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor with experience... More »

Lawyers: Kavanaugh Accuser Has Received Death Threats

She wants an FBI investigation before she testifies

(Newser) - The woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her doesn't want to relive the "traumatic and harrowing incident" until the FBI has carried out an investigation. Lawyers for Christina Blasey Ford released a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday saying an investigation... More »

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