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Barrett reveals she's not using notes during confirmation hearing

Barrett reveals she's not using notes during confirmation hearing
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An exchange between Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCornyn says election outcome 'becoming increasingly clear': report Top GOP senator: Biden should be getting intel briefings GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results MORE (R-Texas) and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19 Cuomo blames new conservative majority for high court's COVID-19 decision Supreme Court blocks New York coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship MORE made waves on Twitter after the judge revealed she was answering lawmakers' questions without a single note in front of her. 

"You know most of us have multiple notebooks and books and other things like that in front of us. Can you hold up what you've been referring to in answering our questions?" Cornyn asked Barrett. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE's nominee held up a blank notepad and smiled. 

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"Is there anything on that?" Cornyn asked. 

Barrett responded: "Just a letterhead that says United States Senate."

The back-and-forth sparked an audible laugh in the Senate Judiciary Committee chamber and instant reaction on social media, with several conservative pundits and media figures comparing the episode to Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE's use of notes during his first debate with President Trump.  

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Republicans have held up Barrett has a highly qualified constitutional scholar and expert in the law, while Democrats have warned she could pose a danger to health care and abortion rights.   

Barrett's confirmation hearing is to continue Wednesday and Thursday, with a committee vote on her nomination next week. The full Senate plans to vote on the nomination before Election Day.