Barrett Won’t Commit To Recusing Herself From Election-Related Disputes

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Amy Coney Barrett said she commits "to fully and faithfully applying the law of recusal" if and when the need arises.

Amy Coney Barrett said during her confirmation hearing Tuesday that she will not commit to recusing herself from any election-related disputes that may land before the Supreme Court, according to CBS News.

Asked about the matter by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barrett she "can't offer an opinion on recusal without short-circuiting” the process a justice goes through in deciding whether to recuse from a case.

"I commit to you to fully and faithfully applying the law of recusal, and part of that law is to consider any appearance questions," she said. "I can't offer a legal conclusion right now about the outcome of a decision I would reach."

Democrats are concerned about the matter because President Trump has made clear he wants Barrett confirmed to the court before the election, believing that the election result could be decided by the Supreme Court.

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