Eighty-eight faculty members at the University of Notre Dame, where Amy Coney Barrett is a law school professor, said she should call for a halt to her Supreme Court nomination until after the election.Â
In a letter dated Oct. 10 but posted online Tuesday, Barrettâ€™s colleagues congratulated her on her nomination, adding: â€œIt is vital that you issue a public statement calling for a halt to your nomination process until after the November presidential election.â€
The signatories hailed from the universityâ€™s political science, sociology, history and other departments â€” none from the law school.Â
The letter argues for Barrett to take this â€œunprecedented step,â€ saying that Americans are already voting in the general election and that moving forward at this stage would â€œdeprive the American people of a voice in selecting the next Supreme Court justice.â€Â
The letter noted that the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgâ€™s final wish was that she not be replaced until the next president is in place. Trump nominated Barrett just over a week after Ginsburgâ€™s death.Â
Senate hearings for Barrettâ€™s confirmation began Monday and continued into Tuesday, with the nominee dodging Democratsâ€™ questions on health care, marriage equality and abortion rights.Â
Democratic lawmakers have fiercely criticized Republican senators for moving forward with Trumpâ€™s nominee so close to the election â€” especially after Republicans halted former President Barack Obamaâ€™s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, citing that it was an election year.
â€œBy replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with someone who will undo her legacy, President Trump is attempting to roll back Americanâ€™s rights for decades to come,â€ Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said Monday.Â
Senate Republicans appear to have the necessary majority to confirm Barrett to the nationâ€™s most powerful court. If sheâ€™s confirmed, it would cement conservativesâ€™ hold on the court likely for years to come, with major rulings expected soon on health care, abortion, LGBTQ rights and more.
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