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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett repeatedly evaded questions during her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

But where Barrett refused to answer, Republican senators often stepped in and did it for her. 

Barrett invoked the so-called “Ginsburg rule” in justifying why she would not touch on an array of topics, ranging from abortion to the electoral process. 

“Justice Ginsburg with her characteristic pithiness used this to describe how a nominee should comport herself at a hearing. No hints, no previews, no forecasts. That had been the practice of nominees before her. But everybody calls it the Ginsburg rule because she stated it so concisely,” Barrett said.

The reality, however, is that Ginsburg specifically addressed a plethora of topics, including Roe v. Wade, during her confirmation hearings 27 years ago.

When Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday asked Barrett whether she agreed with her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, that the landmark case legalizing abortion was wrongly decided, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee said: “I can’t express views on cases or pre-commit.”

Though Barrett, a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, would not tell the country under oath where she stands on abortion, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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