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Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee

Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that she hasn’t “made a plan one way or another” on meeting President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE’s Supreme Court nominee.

After speaking at Shaw University in North Carolina, reporters asked the vice presidential nominee whether she would meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to which she replied, “I’m sure that’s going to happen. We’ll see how it works out.”

“I haven’t made a plan one way or another,” Harris said, according to a campaign pool report. 

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But the California senator and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee committed to being “involved in the hearings and performing my role and responsibility” on the panel. 

Harris was also questioned on whether Senate Democrats can delay the confirmation process or opt to respond should she and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE are elected to the White House.

“I’m going to focus on what’s within our power in these next 36 days, and what’s in our power is to elect Joe Biden president of the United States,” she responded. 

Harris is expected to be the most closely watched Democrat at Barrett’s upcoming confirmation hearings, pushing Biden’s running mate further into the spotlight. 

Several of her fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Trump lawyers center defense around attacks on Democrats Hillicon Valley: Democratic senators unveil bill to reform Section 230 | Labor board denies Amazon request to delay local union vote | Robinhood lifts restrictions on GameStop, other stocks MORE (Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), have said they will not hold informational meetings with Barrett, following the lead of Republicans who refused to meet with or hold a hearing for then-President Obama's Supreme Court nominee in 2016. 

Another member of the committee, Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinMurkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo Democrats ask FBI for plans to address domestic extremism following Capitol attack Progressive support builds for expanding lower courts MORE (D-Ill.), said Sunday that he would “extend that courtesy” of meeting Barrett if she requests it, saying he wants “to be respectful.”

Trump officially nominated Barrett on Saturday to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general A powerful tool to take on the Supreme Court — if Democrats use it right Fauci says he was nervous about catching COVID-19 in Trump White House MORE on Sept. 18.