The Washington Post reports:
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will pledge in her opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she will remove politics from her legal reasoning as a future justice, stressing that “policy decisions” need to be made by Congress and the White House, not the courts.
In her four-page opening statement, Barrett repeatedly emphasizes her view that the judicial branch is not the place for policymaking, but rather to enforce and apply the law.
She also discusses how her former mentor, former Justice Antonin Scalia, shaped her judicial philosophy: “A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were. Sometimes that approach meant reaching results that he did not like.”
NEW — Amy Coney Barrett’s opening statement. Notable line: “The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.” pic.twitter.com/Uvuqlgn4km
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) October 11, 2020
NEW: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says Republicans are “coming guns loaded” and “packed” to fight any Democratic efforts to delay Amy Coney Barrett’s hearings.
The violent metaphor comes two years after a “public hanging” quip nearly derailed her last campaign.https://t.co/dmYQzccYAQ
— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) October 9, 2020
New: Amy Coney Barrett defended Bush-Cheney during 2000 Florida recount when Republicans illegally altered 1000s of mail ballot request forms for GOP voters
If GOP lost cases Gore would’ve been president
Now she could do Bush v Gore 2.0 for Trump https://t.co/E4pKYWwz6z
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) October 11, 2020
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett signed second anti-abortion ad https://t.co/ls1iFCug1N
— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) October 10, 2020