Washington – Judge Amy Connie Barrett returned to the Senate Judicial Committee for the second day of the interrogation during her confirmation hearings in the Supreme Court, after the first marathon round of interrogations, in which she refused to consider some of the most pressing issues will face if confirmed before the Supreme Court.
The round of interrogations on Thursday is shorter, with each senator given 20 minutes to ask questions instead of 30 minutes. Democrats raised sharper questions than on Tuesday, examining Barrett for her past opinions and writings and how she applies her judicial philosophy.
Democrats pressured her to explain her views on the challenges of the Affordable Care Act, Rowe v. Wade, and the upcoming election, if the Supreme Court is to rule. But Barrett declined to say how she could try cases pending before the Supreme Court, a time secret used by candidates for both sides.
During a memorable exchange with Senator Diane Feinstein, who questioned her about abortion, she said she had an “agenda to adhere to the rule of law.”
“If I express a precedent in one way or another, whether I say I love it or hate it, it signals to the parties that I can tip one way or another in a pending case,” she said.