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Schumer, Feinstein Demand Delaying Barrett Hearing While McConnell Promises to Move ‘Full Steam Ahead’

Schumer, Feinstein Demand Delaying Barrett Hearing While McConnell Promises to Move ‘Full Steam Ahead’

Just skip the hearing. None of the Democrats are going to vote for her no matter what she says during a hearing.

Of course the Democrats jumped on President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test to push a delay in Amy Coney Barrett’s hearing.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein released a joint statement:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said Friday that the upcoming confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett must be postponed to allow Barrett and senators who were potentially exposed to the virus to be tested and isolate.

“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 pair said in a statement.

“The unfortunate news about the infection of our colleague Senator Mike Lee makes even more clear that health and safety must guide the schedule for all Senate activities, including hearings,” the statement read.

Lee took the test on Thursday and the result came out Friday morning. He said he “will be back to work in time to join my Judiciary Committee colleagues in advancing the Supreme Court nomination.”

The hearings are scheduled to begin on October 12 with a committee vote on October 22.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not want a delay.

Graham also said the Senate is “on track” to start the hearings on time. He even tweeted this morning that he looks forward “to welcoming back” Lee to proceed with ACB’s nomination.

McConnell spoke to Hugh Hewitt Friday morning:

McConnell told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt earlier Friday that he has yet to choose a date for the final floor vote but that Democrats will be unable to delay Barrett’s confirmation. But fallout from the pandemic is largely out of his control.

“Our biggest enemy, obviously, is what we were talking about at the beginning of the interview — the coronavirus, keeping everybody healthy and well and in place to do our job,” he said.

McConnell added that portions of Barrett’s confirmation hearings are likely to be conducted remotely, telling Hewitt that he was not yet sure whether senators who met with Barrett and the White House officials had contracted the virus.

“It can sneak up on you as it did with the president and the first lady. So we’re keeping an eye on everyone,” McConnell said.


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difi has a desk full of envelopes containing multiple allegations of (fill in the blank) against ACB. Skip the hearings, go straight to the vote.

Ram this thing through. Do it for POTUS MAGA.
Do it for revenge. Make your own reasons.
But get this done.

I wonder if Feinstein’s CCP Driver instructed her to delay the hearings. Why does the Democrats need a hearing at all? We know how Shcumer and Feinstein will vote. Jeff Flake is not around this time to flake out.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | October 2, 2020 at 5:33 pm

“Pedal to the metal”
as opposed to the Squish version of
“Petal to the medal”

If the hearings serve any purpose in this case, it will be to show the world how crazy the Fascicrats will be this time around. Put another bag in the microwave. The show will be fun to watch.

The concern Feinstein and Schumer have for President Trump and Senator Lee is quite touching. Why, only a few days ago Schumer’s and Feinstein’s brownshirts were burning, looting and murdering in the streets and loudly calling for the deaths of Republicans.

Dear Senators Feinstein and Schumer,


Read the U.S. Constitution.

Having already endured a pass to the Federal Judgeship, there is no heed for a hearing to allow the leftists their smear and destroy opportunities.

Do as the leftists would do. Push it on through.

Too bad if they whine about it. They deserve no consideration, as they certainly wouldn’t give any if the shoe were on the other foot.

    Arminius in reply to oldgoat36. | October 4, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    The GOP Senators know this for the self-serving and obvious BS that it is. Just like their pretend concern for the “Democratic process.”

    Yeah, Schumer is so concerned for the “Democratic process” he plans to obliterate the minority’s ability to put the brakes on him.

    “‘I’m not busting my chops to become majority leader to do very little or nothing. We are going to get a whole lot done. And as I’ve said, everything, everything is on the table.’

    Schumer said that Senate Democrats are ‘using all the tactics we can” to slow down Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation.’

    Host Joy Reid then asked, ‘Would that include adding, if the Senate becomes a Democratic majority, adding D.C. and Puerto Rico as states and ending the filibuster?’

    Schumer responded, ‘I would — believe me, on D.C. and Puerto Rico, particularly if Puerto Rico votes for it, D.C. already has voted for it and wants it. I’d love to make them states. And as for the filibuster, I’m not busting my chops to become majority leader to do very little or nothing. We are going to get a whole lot done. And as I’ve said, everything, everything is on the table.’”

    He just loves him some Democratic process, don’t he (I enjoyed the part where he says he would make Puerto Rico a state “particularly if Puerto Rico votes for it” leaving open the very real possibility that if they don’t vote for it he’d impose statehood on them anyway because he needs two more Senators more than he needs to respect the wishes of Puerto Ricans).

      Arminius in reply to Arminius. | October 4, 2020 at 12:12 pm

      I meant to add that the newfound concerns and tears being shed over public health are equally blatant trainloads of excrement.

      As evidenced by a maskless Nancy “let the the peasants wear the masks as I eat $100/gallon ice cream” Pelosi making an illegal trip to a hair salon and DiFi going maskless at Dulles while trying to mandate everyone (except her) wear masks in airports.

      Cry me a river, Democrats. I find your tears so sweet I don’t need to put sugar in my coffee.

Feinstein’s Chinese employee (The Chinese spy) was not just her driver. He was her liaison with the Asian community. I wonder how many people died or were compromised, or were recommended as US assets, during his 20 years working for Feinstein.

Ask every Dem Senator if a hearing might cause them to vote to confirm Barrett. Make them lie like a dog on camera and on the record.

Make a short timetable and stick to it
The Democrats are only going to delay every chance and vote against her anyway so why placate them?

Nonsense. So Trump has the virus, and he hasn’t been close to any of the Dem senators who are complaining. Big deal.

If Trump croaked tomorrow, the only thing that would hold up the confirmation hearings would be Schumer and Feinstein being too drunk from celebrating to come to work.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

I am still expecting Grahamnesty to cave the moment someone pulls out “proof” of something and demands an extension so the FBI can investigate. If not, it will be something.

He should be ramming this through already. With so many Dems refusing to meet with Barrett, he should reduce the 2 week review schedule accordingly. Like put it to a vote Monday.

Schumer’s crocodile tears about Mike Lee should have people social-distancing from him by about six miles. Those lightning bolts can pack a wallop.

Once again, why on earth would Trump’s illness delay this process?

It’s a Constitutional process, and Trump’s part in it is complete.

    Milhouse in reply to Paul. | October 4, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Supposedly the reason is that Barrett might have caught it from him and might then give it to the elderly senators, so they have to delay the hearing until they can be sure she’s not carrying it. Which makes no sense because by the time the hearing is scheduled to start she’ll either have tested positive or she won’t. And pre-hearing meetings can be held online.

Points for trying but ….no sale. The d might want to rethink this whole ‘Rona is loose in the Senate and Rona is scary so we can’t do our job’.

What do you call a Senate that doesn’t come to work?

In Recess. With all that implies. Be careful what you ask for.

You’re reported to be in a tough race this year, Turtle. Screw this up, and you’re going to lose.

Apparently, Amy Barrett is a COVID-19 survivor, so the only thing holding up things is the Democrats’ Syphilis.

Comanche Voter | October 2, 2020 at 11:41 pm

Chuck You and Di Fi, this request falls under the rubric of “fool me once, it’s your fault”. “Foo me twice, it’s my fault.”

The Rethugs on the Committee have been there and done that with your requests for delay, and your sneaky little surprises. Ain’t gonna do it any more. Sod off Chuck and Dianne.

V (ery) O (dious) T (reachery,) E (mpire State senator)!

“Read the Constitution,” Sen Schumer. It says, essentially, w/r/t this matter of advise and consent, gidderdunn — meaning, support all your lackey-comrades on the Senate Judiciary Committee as they vote “nay” to your heart’s content, followed by your own, identical vote on the Senate floor if that’s how you feel about the nominee; only do the job you’re being paid to do. Just don’t parry, even though you and your fellow Jew-and-Catholic-hating-and-sympathizing* pal, DiFi, are naturals at it.
* That’s right, I said it, you’re both puke-speaking, vile, and treacherous Jew-hating Jews, who also hate Catholics, among other branches and sects of learned and inspired Christianity; and don’t think you’re hiding it from us faithful and believing First Amendment-revering supporters.
You and your ilk will never rule over us because we’re constitution-loving Americans. We know what principles to die for, if we must, and, in the end, prevail against the depraved, nihilistic, and altogether malevolent causes that propel you.

    Milhouse in reply to GatorGuy. | October 4, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    The constitution doesn’t require the senate to consider a nomination. Hence when it didn’t want to consider Garland it didn’t have to. So it’s perfectly legit for the Dems to ask for a delay; and it’s equally legit for the Majority Leader to tell them “No”.

    Milhouse in reply to GatorGuy. | October 4, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t think they hate Jews or Catholics, or any religion. It’s more like they don’t get the whole concept of religion, and don’t respect it; what they have for seriously religious people is not hatred but a mild contempt and a slight allergy, both born of ignorance. Indeed it’s not that they hate seriously religious people, but that they imagine seriously religious people hate them, and that makes them feel defensive.

Is it too much to ask, that in celebration of Senator Lee’s immediate return to the Judiciary Committee, that he be given a place of honor between Senator Feinstein and Senator Leahy?

Everyone has backed themselves in to a corner now. Republicans HAVE to press on and Democrats HAVE to resist.

For either party to conceded their position would be fatal for their election chances.

Question is, are there enough spines and testicle to go around the Republican senators to get her through? For their futures, I definitely hope there is.