Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett fired back at Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, saying that one of the questions he asked her Wednesday would force her to violate the canons of conduct.
Barrett was just a few hours into her third day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Capitol Hill when Durbin suggested that she was evading a question that should have a simple answer. (RELATED: Dick Durbin Blames Trump Tweets For Democrat Attacks On Amy Coney Barrett’s Independence)
“And so if I change Senator Feinstein’s question and did not ask you whether the president has the authority to delay a general election, and ask you does the president have the authority to unilaterally deny the right to vote to any person based on their race, what would your answer be?” Durbin asked.
Barrett pointed to a number of laws on the books, including the Equal Protection Clause, which prohibits discrimination based on race, and the 15th Amendment, which specifically protects the right to vote against racial discrimination.
Durbin responded by reading the text of the 15th Amendment: “‘The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged