Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn criticized Democrats for suggesting that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett might violate her oath before she even took it.
Cornyn argued during Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that such attacks on Barrett’s independence were “maybe almost as pernicious as attacking someone for their faith and suggesting that that disqualifies them from holding a public office.” (RELATED: Cory Booker Leaked Confidential Kavanaugh Docs. John Cornyn Isn’t Having It)
“Judge, the best I can understand the objections to your nomination are not to your qualifications, your experience or training, but it is that you have — or you will — violate your oath of office,” Cornyn began. “I find that terribly insulting. They suggest that you cannot be unbiased in deciding a case you have not even participated in yet. I find that insulting as well.”
“Now, maybe almost as pernicious as attacking someone for their faith and suggesting that that disqualifies them from holding a public office is the attack on independence, something Chief Justice Rehnquist, among others, observed as the crown jewels of the American Constitution and the American system,” Cornyn continued.
He went on to argue that many