Sen. McConnell Says Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearings Will Begin Monday

Amy Coney Barrett and Mitch McConnell / REUTERS

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it’s full speed ahead on confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, despite a number of Republican senators ailing from the coronavirus.

“Judge Barrett’s hearings will begin one week from today. Chairman Graham has all the tools to conduct a hybrid hearing, just like the 150 others the Senate has held this year,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Twitter Monday evening. “We will not stop working for the American people because Democrats are afraid they may lose a vote.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is scheduled to begin the hearings on his panel on Monday — a timeline that would allow a full Senate vote before the Nov. 3 election.

The timeline was put in doubt over the weekend when two GOP members of the committee — Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina — were infected by the coronavirus.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) also tested positive.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Mark Moore