Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett refused Tuesday to commit to recusing herself from cases coming before the high court — including potential disputes over the Nov. 3 elections.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, said President Trump has made it known he wants the justices to strike down Obamacare, which is before the court in a case Nov. 10, and also that the president is counting on the court to rule in his favor if there are legal challenges to the Nov. 3 election results.
“He says he needs a ninth justice,” Mr. Leahy said.
But Judge Barrett told the senator she did not talk to the president or his staff about how she would rule on any case, including the Obamacare arguments scheduled for Nov. 10.
“I have had no conversation with the president or any of his staff on how I might rule on that case. It would be a gross violation of judicial independence,” she