Amy Coney Barrett Won’t Commit To Recusing From Election Cases
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, will not commit to recusing herself from election-related cases, despite Trump saying he wants her confirmed beforehand in case election disputes head to the court.
The Hill reports:
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Judiciary Committee tasked with weighing the judge's nomination, said Barrett sidestepped giving a direct answer on the issue. The topic is all but guaranteed to come up again during next week's days-long confirmation hearings.
"I specifically asked her whether she would recuse herself from any election-related case because President Trump has publicly said that he wants her seated on the Supreme Court in time for the election so she can rule on any dispute," Coons told reporters.
"She made no commitment to recusal. She went through what the factors are for recusal, and said ... essentially that it would depend on the circumstances for any judge to make any recusal decision. And she wouldn't make some commitment to that ahead of the time that it might be in front of her," he added.
The Hill noted that Trump said last month, "I think this [election] will end up in the Supreme Court, and I think it's very important that we have nine justices.”