Amy Coney Barrett rejects Donald Trump 'pawn' talk

Amy Coney Barrett rejects Donald Trump 'pawn' talk


Judge Amy Coney Barrett made no commitments to President Trump and passionately rejected insinuations she would be his “pawn” in upcoming rulings on Obamacare and possibly the 2020 election, the Supreme Court nominee told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Citing the longstanding practice of nominees from both the right and left, she declined to hint how she would rule on any cases involving abortion, health care, presidential pardons or elections.

And she rebuffed Democrats’ demands to recuse herself from Obamacare and election cases, saying she would confront those decisions once on the court — and would consult with other justices for advice.

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But she bristled at suggestions Mr. Trump picked her to determine the outcome.

“I certainly hope that all members of the committee have more confidence in my integrity than to think I would allow myself to be used as a pawn to decide this election for the American people,” she said.

Mr. Trump, though not in the

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