On Day Two, Barrett promises judicial independence after Democrats question Trump’s and Scalia’s influence

On Day Two, Barrett promises judicial independence after Democrats question Trump’s and Scalia’s influence


Judge Amy Coney Barrett told senators on the second day of her confirmation hearing that she’ll act independently if confirmed to the Supreme Court, pushing back against Democrats who questioned whether her allegiance to the late Justice Antonin Scalia or tweets from President Trump will influence her decisions.

“I’m not willing to make a deal,” Barrett told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Not with the committee, not with the president, not anyone. I’m independent.”

Barrett, 48, faces a final round of questioning on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony Thursday from outside witnesses and begins deliberating on whether to advance her nomination to the floor. The Judiciary panel is expected to hold a vote on Oct. 22, and the full Senate is likely to consider Barrett’s nomination the final week of October.

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The questions were wide-ranging, delving not only into Barrett’s judicial viewpoints, but also her reaction to the death of George Floyd, whether her children

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