Senate Judiciary Dems Press For More Amy Coney Barrett Docs After ‘Omissions’
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee urged the Justice Department to remove additional "omissions" from the questionnaire Judge Amy Coney Barrett submitted to lawmakers ahead of her upcoming hearings confirming Supreme Court membership.
In a letter on Sunday, the 10 Democratic members of the committee said they were concerned after Barrett filed additional documents last week, just hours after CNN reported that it initially failed to disclose the 2013 conversations she held about Roe. v. Wade hosted by anti-abortion groups.
Legislators referred to a supplementary questionnaire that Barrett filed on Friday night over concerns about the events, as well as an advertisement she signed as a member of the Life Faculty of Notre Dame University that condemned the landmark Supreme Court case, which According to the ad, 55 million unborn children were “killed”. "
"Late on Friday evening, the committee received an additional SJQ from Judge Barrett - just three days before their hearing began for confirmation," the letter said. "Unfortunately, Judge Barrett's supplementary questionnaire raises more questions than it answers."
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, added on Twitter that she was concerned that other materials related to the 2006 ad and Barrett's work as an attorney in a Pennsylvania bankruptcy proceeding are "still missing".
"These new omissions raise further questions about the reliability of Judge Barrett's questionnaire and its openness to the committee," Feinstein wrote on Twitter. "You also express serious concerns about this hasty validation process and the hasty process of collecting materials."
The Legislative Group urged the Justice Department "to immediately provide an explanation for the commissioning of these materials and please provide any other unpublished reaction materials".
Lawmakers sent another letter to the DOJ last week addressing similar concerns about the impending Barrett, despite finding that it has received no response.
Democrats have largely condemned Barrett's nomination to occupy the seat of the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg and have begun to refer to President Donald Trump's efforts to do so during an election as "court wrapping". Both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have vowed to hold their confirmation hearings as soon as possible and have defied the demands of Democratic leaders and former Vice President Joe Biden for the seat until after the election November free.
"Rather than adopting a COVID relief package that will help millions of unemployed, infected Americans whose businesses or employers have shut down, we're focusing on jamming through Justice Barrett," Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) Said Sunday on Fox News.
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