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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 WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that she will not meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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 McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid 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 SchumerTrump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 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 GrahamHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Trump signs legislation making hacking voting systems a federal crime Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home' MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday.

Two Democrats who sit on the Judiciary Committee – Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDurbin signals he isn't interested in chairing Judiciary Committee Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing 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 DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Pelosi, Mnuchin push stimulus talks forward, McConnell applies brakes Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Durbin signals he isn't interested in chairing Judiciary Committee MORE (D-Ill.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race Durbin signals he isn't interested in chairing Judiciary Committee 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 GinsburgDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett 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 ObamaObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home' Quinnipiac poll reports Biden leading Trump by 8 points in Pennsylvania MORE’s nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 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.