Warren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab'

Warren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' The Trojan Horse of protectionism Federal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review MORE (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that she will not meet with President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE’s Supreme Court nominee, calling the nomination an “illegitimate power grab.”

The former 2020 presidential candidate took to Twitter to announce she will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Senate Republicans prepare to confirm Trump’s nominee before the Nov. 3 election. 

Warren slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (R-Ky.) in particular, saying she will “not lend legitimacy” to his “efforts to steal another Supreme Court seat.”

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“The nominee has already made it clear that she will try to deliver a death blow to health care coverage for millions of Americans and to erase protection for people with pre-existing conditions,” Warren said in a statement. 

“She’s an extremist who was picked to overturn Roe v. Wade, rubber stamp Trump’s attacks on immigrants, strip away voting rights, and complete the decades-long assault on our judiciary by billionaires and giant corporations to tilt the courts in their favor,” she added.

“Too many lives are on the line,” she continued. “We need to treat this nomination like the illegitimate power grab it is.”

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Warren’s official declination to meet with Barrett came hours after Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (D-N.Y.) announced he also will not meet with Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee. 

"I am not going to meet with Judge Barrett. Why would I meet with a nominee of such an illegitimate process and one who is determined to get rid of the Affordable Care Act?" Schumer tweeted.

Barrett began meeting with several Republican senators including McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday.

Two Democrats who sit on the Judiciary Committee – Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Hillicon Valley: Facebook tightens teen protections | FBI cautions against banning ransomware payments | Republicans probe White House-social media collaboration MORE (D-Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) – announced over the weekend that they will not schedule meeting with the Indiana judge. 

Two other senators on the committee – Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinDemocrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight Democrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian  Biden to raise refugee cap to 125,000 in October MORE (D-Ill.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Fighting poverty, the Biden way Top Senate Democrats urge Biden to take immediate action on home confinement program MORE (D-N.J.) – have both said they will talk with the Supreme Court nominee. 

Senate meetings with Supreme Court nominees are not required but have been tradition and allow senators to question them before the public hearing.

Warren is not on the Judiciary Committee.

Trump officially nominated Barrett on Saturday to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court after Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgTo infinity and beyond: What will it take to create a diverse and representative judiciary? Justice Ginsburg's parting gift? Court's ruling on Texas law doesn't threaten Roe — but Democrats' overreaction might MORE died on Sept. 18. McConnell has committed to holding a vote on Trump’s pick, and has secured enough votes in the GOP-held upper chamber to push Barrett through.

Democrats have accused Republicans of hypocrisy after they blocked a confirmation hearing of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBill Maher, Isiah Thomas score over the NFL's playing of 'Black national anthem' Democrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE’s nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandTexas sues Biden administration over guidance on transgender worker rights Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event Grassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation MORE in 2016, saying it fell too close to the election.

Garland was nominated nine months ahead of the election that year. 

McConnell and several other Republicans have argued that the 2016 circumstances were different because there were different parties that held the White House and the Senate, unlike this year.