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Politics Ted Cruz suggests Democrats boycott Barrett hearing to avoid smears and confirm her faster

23:00  27 september  2020
23:00  27 september  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Rpublican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz welcomed Democratic colleagues to boycott Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court.

Ted Cruz wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Washington Examiner

“I will refuse to treat this process as legitimate & will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted Saturday.

“Excellent idea! And if you & all your Dem colleagues boycott the hearing altogether, we’ll avoid the political circus & the desperate attempts to smear Judge Barrett and her family,” Cruz responded on Twitter on Sunday.

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“And we’ll confirm her faster!” he added.

Democratic lawmakers have slammed President Trump’s decision to nominate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement to the Supreme Court, citing the upcoming election.

“I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely one month before an election as Americans are already casting their votes. Americans deserve a voice in this hugely consequential decision,” Blumenthal added of why he won’t support her confirmation.

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Republican lawmakers have supported the president’s decision to move forward with the nomination process, as both the White House and Senate are held by Republicans.

“Judge Barrett is well-qualified to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Having confirmed her to the circuit court in 2017 with bipartisan support, the Senate has already undertaken a thorough and rigorous review of her record,” Cruz said.

Trump officially nominated Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday evening. Her Senate hearing will reportedly be held during the week of Oct. 12, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has praised her as an "exceedingly well-qualified" and "exceptionally impressive jurist."

Tags: News, Ted Cruz, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court

Original Author: Emma Colton

Original Location: Ted Cruz suggests Democrats boycott Barrett hearing to avoid smears and confirm her faster

Republicans push Barrett confirmation as Democrats criticize timing .
Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Overwhelmingly, Republicans called Amy Coney Barrett a well-qualified candidate and pushed for a confirmation in the upcoming weeks. Democrats continued to criticize the timing, with some outright saying they wouldn't meet with the nominee.

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