22 GOP attorneys general urge Congress to confirm Barrett as Supreme Court justice

22 GOP attorneys general urge Congress to confirm Barrett as Supreme Court justice
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Twenty-two Republican state attorneys general called on the Senate to quickly confirm Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettMcConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS Progressives give Biden's court reform panel mixed reviews Top GOP super PAC endorses Murkowski amid primary threat MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE’s nominee to the Supreme Court, in a letter Thursday.

The letter dismisses the notion that there is not sufficient time remaining before the November presidential election to make a decision, noting that her predecessor, Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgProgressives give Biden's court reform panel mixed reviews Biden will let Breyer decide when to retire, aide says Biden establishes commission to study expanding Supreme Court MORE, was confirmed in 42 days. It also cites the confirmation of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor within 33 days and of Justice John Paul Stevens within 19 days. None of the three were confirmed in presidential election years.

The letter also accuses Democratic attorneys general of inconsistency on the issue of confirming justices in election years.


“We are aware that there are those who believe the Senate should not hold a hearing on the President’s nominee. In response, we quote excerpts from a 2016 letter sent to the Senate by the Attorneys General of California, New York, and 17 other states: ‘The Constitution clearly sets out the process for filling a Supreme Court vacancy.  The President has a duty to make a nomination.’ Once the President has nominated a candidate, the Senate ‘has the responsibility to consider and approve or disapprove the nomination. While simple, this is the law and it should be followed.’”

“Indeed, as the 2016 letter makes clear, ‘since 1900,  six justices have been confirmed during election years, including Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was confirmed in the final year of the Reagan Administration,’” the letter adds.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump Senate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Colin Powell on Afghanistan: 'We've done all we can do' MORE (R-Ky.) did not allow a hearing or up-down vote on then-President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandBudget tasks DOJ with turnaround of policing, voting rights, hate crimes Progressive group ramps up pressure on Justice Breyer to retire The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE, in 2016 following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Both Trump and Senate Republicans have since defended moving forward with Barrett’s nomination on the grounds that the GOP holds the Senate majority and The White House, which was not the case in 2016.

The letter also calls Barrett “exceptionally well-qualified,” citing her experience on the bench, clerking for Scalia and working as a Notre Dame law professor.

Barrett met with McConnell and several other GOP senators this week, including Sens. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoOn The Money: Inflation rears its head amid spending debate | IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting T | Restaurants fret labor shortage IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting trillion Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R-Idaho), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Number of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports Grassley, Cornyn push for Senate border hearing MORE (R-Iowa) and John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump McConnell brushes off Trump's 'son of a b----' comment Democrats work to pick up GOP support on anti-Asian hate crimes bill MORE (R-S.D.).