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GOP senator attacks Biden: 'I'm not sure what he recalls'

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoHillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference GOP senators call on Trump to oppose nationalizing 5G Energy innovation bill can deliver jobs and climate progress MORE (R-Wy.) took a jab at Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE on Tuesday, saying he’s “not sure what he recalls” about his time as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman. 

“I don’t know what Joe Biden remembers when you look back at the time when he played such a role in the hearings for Judge [Robert] Bork. He was the one who basically turned on what became a political circus,” Barrasso said at a Senate GOP press conference.

His comments come as Senate GOP leaders move to fill a Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll MORE, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday. Democrats, including Biden, have argued that the seat on the conservative-majority court should be left vacant until after the November election.

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Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1995, oversaw several Supreme Court nominations. Barrasso's comments appeared to be a nod to attacks from the Trump campaign questioning Biden's cognition. 

"I don't know if he remembers that he was the one that smeared Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasSupreme Court's Pennsylvania mail ballot ruling tees up test for Barrett Supreme Court denies GOP bid to block extended mail ballot due date in Pennsylvania Leading progressive group to launch pro-Biden ads in Arizona, Pennsylvania MORE," Barrasso added. "I don't know if Joe Biden remembers that he was one that led the filibuster of Justice [Samuel] Alito."

"I’m not sure what he recalls of any of those, but I do know that the Democrats today here will continue to remember those lessons and use them against whoever it is that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE nominates," Barrasso said.

Senate Republicans are getting increasingly close to securing the votes needed to approve a Supreme Court nominee, whom Trump said he’d announce by Saturday. Their move to consider a nominee less than two months before an election is a reversal from their stance in 2016, when they refused to move then-President Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDemocrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing MORE.

Democrats have retaliated by invoking the so-called two-hour rule, which can be used to limit the ability to hold committee hearings after the Senate has been in session for more than two hours.