Towards the end of the second day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings on Tuesday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) questioned Barrett and inferred Kamala Harris had called her a liar.
Kennedy’s questioning began with a concern for the grilling she had undergone from the Democrats, asking Barrett, “Are you tired, Judge?”
Barrett replied, “I’m looking forward to the end of the hearing, I must admit.”
Kennedy asked Barrett to interpret the meaning of the oath she would be required to take at the end of the hearings, should she be accepted.
Barrett replied that it would call on her to “do equal justice to all, without fear or favor, regardless of wealth, to fairly apply the laws, that’s what it boils down to.”
“It says you will support and defend the Constitution, doesn’t it? Pretty serious oath, isn’t it?”
“It is,” Barrett agreed.
Kennedy pressed Barrett on the issue,
“Are you going to take that oath and affirm it if you are confirmed?”
“Yes,” Barrett replied again.
Kennedy asked one more time, “You’re not lying?”
“I am not lying,” said Barrett, then explained she had already taken that oath before she took her seat on the federal bench and said she had never violated it.
“I would take it again,” Barrett continued. “Oaths are serious to me.”
“Well, now, Senator Harris just called you a liar,” Kennedy said about Harris, who had questioned Barrett just before him.
“She said if you take that oath, you would be lying. That you have already made up your mind on how you will vote on some cases, particularly dealing with abortion and the Affordable Care Act, let’s just cut to the chase. She said you are a liar. Are you a liar?”
“I am not a liar, Senator Kennedy,” Barrett replied.
Kennedy asked her to affirm the oath, “in front of God and country,” and look him in the eye and swear if she is to take the oath, she will mean it.
Barrett replied, “I will mean it.”
“Do you swear to God?” Kennedy asked again. Barrett said she swore to God, repeating that she had taken the same oath at the Seventh Circuit, and she had meant it.
“You will never break that oath? No matter what your personal feelings are? No matter what your religion is?” Kennedy continued.
“No matter what my religion is,” Barrett replied.
Kennedy asked one last question on the matter: “So, when Senator Harris and her colleagues say you are a liar, they are wrong?”
“They are,” Barrett concluded, reports the Daily Caller.