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Politics Schumer call for Supreme Court nominee to self-isolate could delay confirmation vote

00:06  03 october  2020
00:06  03 october  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday called for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and anyone she was in contact with, to self-isolate after potential exposure to coronavirus at the White House, a move that could derail GOP efforts to hold quick confirmation hearings and a final vote before the November election.

a person standing in front of a building: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, meets with Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 29, 2020. © Susan Walsh/AFP via Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, meets with Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 29, 2020. MORE: Trump COVID-19 live updates: President has 'mild symptoms,' Biden tests negative

“The infection of the President, First Lady and a close aide require that the White House immediately conduct a contact tracing regime that follows CDC guidelines, as well as thorough testing and isolation for those who were exposed to infection risk,” Schumer said in a statement. "That includes Judge Amy Coney Barrett and anyone she was in contact with."

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Before Friday's news, Democrats have vowed to use all procedural tools available to slow the confirmation process, insisting whoever is elected as the next president should decide on a nominee.

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and Vice President Mike Pence arrive at the Capitol to meet with senators in Washington, DC, on Sept. 29, 2020. © Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and Vice President Mike Pence arrive at the Capitol to meet with senators in Washington, DC, on Sept. 29, 2020.

Barrett, who wore a mask greeting senators with elbow bumps but later removed it while keeping social distance, has recently tested negative for COVID-19 and is tested daily, according to the White House.

The Washington Post reported that Barrett has had COVID-19 and since recovered from it.

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- President Donald Trump's newest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to face Some two dozen witnesses are lined up to argue for and against confirming Kavanaugh, who could swing the nine-member high court decidedly in Amid mounting calls from Democrats and some Republicans to delay a vote by the Senate Democrats call for delay to Senate confirmation vote .

Facing a battle over the supreme court seat vacated by Anthony Kennedy, Senate Democrats continued on Thursday to look for ways to fight. Recent changes to Senate rules mean that a simple majority vote is required for a supreme court nominee to advance.

Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell are posing for a picture: Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence in the Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 29, 2020. © Susan Walsh/AFP via Getty Images Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence in the Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 29, 2020.

One Republican she met with, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he had tested positive and would quarantine. Lee was at the White House on Saturday for Trump's announcement of Barrett's nomination and met with her on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Nevertheless, Republicans made a point of saying Barrett's hearing would go on as scheduled.

Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham tweeted Friday that Barrett’s hearing will begin on Oct. 12. noting Lee’s quarantine will expire that same day.

“Talked to Senator Lee earlier today and wished him a speedy recovery. Look forward to welcoming him back to the @senjudiciary to proceed with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on October 12,” Graham tweeted.

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a man and a woman standing in front of a window: Sen. Mike Lee chats with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, center, at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020, as they attend President Donald Trump's announcement of Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. © Doug Mills/The New York Times via Redux Sen. Mike Lee chats with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, center, at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020, as they attend President Donald Trump's announcement of Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee challenged Graham committing to the Oct. 12 date for hearings, which should not be done virtually.

“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," they wrote 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," they said. "It’s critical that Chairman Graham put the health of senators, the nominee, and staff first - and ensure a full and fair hearing that is not rushed, not truncated, and not virtual. Otherwise this already illegitimate process will become a dangerous one.”

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Mike Lee et al. posing for the camera: Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, poses with Sen. Mike Lee, Sept. 29, 2020, at the Capitol in Washington. © Stefani Reynolds/AP Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, poses with Sen. Mike Lee, Sept. 29, 2020, at the Capitol in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Friday morning that moving forward on the timeline will require “all hands on deck” from his GOP conference. He called COVID-19 the “biggest enemy” standing in the way of Barrett’s confirmation.

"I think every precaution needs to be taken because we don’t anticipate any Democratic support at all either in committee or in the full Senate," McConnell said. "And therefore everybody needs to be in an all hands on deck mindset."

GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have already indicated they will not support moving forward with a nominee before Election Day. That means McConnell can afford to lose only two additional GOP senators and still get Barrett’s nomination through the Senate. If some members are quarantined and unable to vote, it could stall or upend that plan.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) meets with Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L), President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill, Sept. 29, 2020. © Susan Walsh/Pool/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) meets with Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L), President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill, Sept. 29, 2020.

Still, McConnell tweeted that he had spoken with President Trump Friday and that the two discussed moving "Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve."

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On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Barrett was escorted from the White House via a presidential motorcade to Capitol Hill, where she met with senators while flanked by members of the president’s team, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House Counsel Pat Cipillone.

Rather than the usual procedure, which would have involved Barrett going to senators' offices, she remained in one room with senators coming to greet her.

The room had high ceilings and spaced-out seating. But as senators posed for photos with the judge, some got near her. While mask guidelines were mostly adhered to, Barrett did not have a mask on while photos were snapped with each senator, and neither did most of the senators.

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