Although President Donald Trump contracted the CCP Virus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the confirmation process for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is moving “full steam ahead” in the Senate.
“Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve,” McConnell said on Twitter.
McConnell said he spoke with President Trump after the president communicated that both he and the first lady, Melania Trump, tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus. “He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett,” McConnell said Friday morning.
Just finished a great phone call with @POTUS. He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 2, 2020
From the office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, they said that Barrett’s confirmation hearing, scheduled for Oct. 12, will indeed go ahead.
“Supreme Court hearings continue on. Full speed ahead,” Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop told Fox News.
Graham also reported that he spoke with President Trump on Friday morning, “The president was in good spirits this morning when I spoke with him and very engaged in the upcoming hearing regarding Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Barrett,” he said on his Twitter account.
The president was in good spirits this morning when I spoke with him and very engaged in the upcoming hearing regarding Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Barrett.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 2, 2020
Both the White House and the Republican Senate expect Barrett’s confirmation on the Senate floor to occur before Nov. 3, the day of the election.
If confirmed, Barrett, a conservative and devout Catholic, will replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18.
According to Fox News, McConnell also said Friday morning that he does not anticipate any events that could derail the confirmation schedule.
“This is a woman who’s led an extraordinary life. She’s got seven children—two of them adopted—one with special needs,” McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt.
“She’s led an incredibly outstanding life with a wonderful family. We don’t anticipate any kind of unanticipated event that could throw us off schedule,” he said.
On Friday afternoon, it was announced that President Trump will continue to operate from the Walter Reed Military Medical Center where he will remain for a few more days in case he needs medical attention.
Meanwhile, it is believed that Judge Barrett’s confirmation will go smoothly because, despite the fact that it is a given that the Democrats will vote against her, the Republicans are in the majority in the Senate.