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21 GOP lieutenant governors sign letter backing Barrett confirmation

21 GOP lieutenant governors sign letter backing Barrett confirmation
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Twenty-one Republican lieutenant governors urged Senate leadership to proceed with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettBarrett starts fraught first week as Supreme Court faces fights over election, abortion rights The Memo: Women could cost Trump reelection Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court MORE to the Supreme Court in a letter Monday.

The letter echoes comments by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE, calling a nine-justice high court essential in case of a disputed result in the 2020 election.

“It is critical that Americans exercise their right to vote with total confidence that a full, nine-member Court could examine any challenges to elections results without the potential of a tie vote,” the letter states. “We are confident that upon her confirmation, she will continue to exercise judicial restraint, interpret the law as it's written, and respect the Constitution as it was originally laid out by our Framers.”

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“Judge Barrett has an outstanding record as a fair and Constitutional jurist and will serve on the Court with great integrity,” Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, the chair of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, said in a statement. “I am proud to join 20 of my Republican lieutenant governor colleagues from across the country in urging Senate leadership to expeditiously confirm her nomination.”

The letter is also signed by the lieutenant governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

The letter comes the week after 22 GOP state attorneys general urged Barrett's confirmation in a similar letter.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Trump blasts Obama speech for Biden as 'fake' after Obama hits Trump's tax payments White House hoping for COVID-19 relief deal 'within weeks': spokeswoman MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamNew Lincoln Project ad goes after Lindsey Graham: 'A political parasite' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day Biden's polling lead over Trump looks more comfortable than Clinton's MORE (R-S.C.) have both said the committee and Senate will vote on Barrett’s nomination as scheduled even after committee members Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWhite House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night Pence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19 Two Loeffler staffers test positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisNearly 47 percent of all North Carolina registered voters have already cast their ballots The coverage of the 2020 campaign is wrong Trump campaign asks Supreme Court to halt North Carolina absentee ballot plan MORE (R-N.C.) tested positive for the coronavirus. The first hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.