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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 to tap Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB, Gensler for SEC chair: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that she will not meet with President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT 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 McConnellGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Rove: Chances of conviction rise if Giuliani represents Trump in Senate impeachment trial Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report 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 SchumerCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs 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 GrahamGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday.

Two Democrats who sit on the Judiciary Committee – Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocratic senator raises concerns about inauguration security Senate Democrats urge Google to improve ad policies to combat election disinformation Senate gears up for battle over Barr's new special counsel 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 DurbinOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial MORE (D-Ill.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Booker: It would be 'constitutionally dangerous' not to conduct full Trump impeachment trial 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 GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general 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 ObamaBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Can the GOP break its addiction to show biz? The challenge of Biden's first days: staying focused and on message MORE’s nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Graham says he'll back Biden's CIA pick A Democratic agenda for impossibly hard times 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.