Feinstein grills Barrett on Roe v. Wade at confirmation hearing: ‘It’s distressing not to get a straight answer’

Feinstein grills Barrett on Roe v. Wade at confirmation hearing: ‘It’s distressing not to get a straight answer’

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett declined to wade into the Supreme Court’s marquee rulings on abortion during her confirmation hearing Tuesday, resisting Democrats’ efforts to nail down her view on the precedents. In response to questions from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, on whether she agreed with the late Justice Antonin Scalia that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, Barrett invoked Justice Elena Kagan’s answer that she wasn’t going to grade precedent. “I completely understand why you are asking the question, but again I can’t pre-commit, or say yes, I’m going in with some agenda, because I’m not. I don’t have any agenda,” Barrett said. “It’s distressing not to get a straight answer,” Feinstein responded following a series of questions about the Supreme Court’s abortion rulings. Barrett’s responses to Feinstein were the start of a long day of questioning where Democrats are likely to press Barrett on her views on a number of controversial topics the Supreme Court could take up, including abortion, gun rights, voting right and, in particular, health care. The Supreme Court’s case on whether to strike down the Affordable Care Act is slated to be heard on November 10, which Barrett could hear if Republicans are successful in confirming her before the November 3 election. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham kicked off Tuesday’s hearing with a sustained attack on President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, seeking to preempt Democratic criticisms of Barrett’s nomination. “From […]

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