Several Democratic Party senators are using the current situation of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, to delay the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
As Breitbart News reported, Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Friday that the Republican plan to begin confirmation hearings for the judge is unrealistic given President Trump’s current situation. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) supported the idea.
“The infection of the president, first lady, and a close aide require that the White House immediately conduct a contact tracing regime that follows CDC guidelines, as well as thorough testing and isolation for those who were exposed to infection risk,” Schumer said in a statement.
“That includes Judge Amy Coney Barrett and anyone she was in contact with. It must also include people in the Senate with whom those individuals came into contact with, and their contacts.”
Barrett had previously tested positive for the CCP Virus but her recovery process was successful and a recent test she took was negative.
According to the Washington Examiner, both Schumer and Feinstein urged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to postpone the hearings and reschedule them because of the CCP Virus, an action that would seek to delay Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Schumer and Feinstein also relied on the recent diagnosis by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who is also on the Judiciary Committee, to delay the confirmation hearings.
“It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease,” the Democrats said in a press release.
Blumenthal said on Friday during a briefing that he did not agree that the nomination for the Supreme Court vacancy should continue, according to Law.co. He said the Senate should make a decision on how to conduct the committee hearings and other procedures.
As for the Barrett confirmation process, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said early on Friday that he expected Barrett to be approved by the committee on Oct. 22, although he said the date for a vote by the full Senate was yet to be confirmed.
The vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the nomination of the conservative challenger Barrett has become an issue between Republicans and Democrats with Democrats threatening to expand the Supreme Court and increase the number of justices to put pressure on the Republicans.