Lindsey Graham Announces Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L), nominee for the US Supreme Court, listens as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) answers reporters' questions before a meeting in the Mansfield Room at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / POOL / AFP) (Photo …
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Judiciary Committee chairman, said the committee will hold hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation starting next week.

Graham said in a statement that the committee will hold hearings on Barrett’s nomination to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court starting on Monday, October 12, at 9:00 A.M., continuing through Thursday, October 15.

The hearing announcement arises as two Judiciary Committee members, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), tested positive for the coronavirus.

Tillis said in a statement last week:

Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive. I will be following the recommendations of my doctor and will be self-isolating at home for 10 days and notifying those I’ve been in close contact with. Thankfully, I have no symptoms and I feel well. As we all know, COVID-19 is a very contagious and deadly virus, especially because many carriers are asymptomatic.

Lee said in a statement last week, “Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive. On advice of the Senate attending physician, I will remain isolated for the next 10 days.”

Graham said last week that expects Lee to attend the Judiciary Committee hearings.

The South Carolina Republican added that he will allow any senator to participate in the hearings virtually if they wish.

Graham said also said on Monday that Trump continues to recover from the coronavirus and that he is “excited” about the prospect of confirming Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Graham said, “Just spoke with President @realDonaldTrump and he sounds terrific — very engaged and ready to get back to work!”

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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