WATCH: Amy Barrett Won’t Say If Intimidating Voters At Polling Places Is Illegal
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would not say during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing if voter intimidation is against the law, when asked point blank by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
- “Last week a contractor from outside my state of Minnesota started recruiting “poll watchers” with Special Forces experience to protect polling locations in my state,” Klobuchar began. “This was clear voter intimidation.”
- She continued: “Similar efforts are going on around the country, solicited by President Trump’s false claims of massive voter fraud — something, by the way, that many Republican leaders...have made very clear is not true.”
- “Judge Barrett, under federal law, is it illegal to intimidate voters at the polls?” the senator asked.
- Barrett responded: “Senator Klobuchar, I can’t characterize the facts in a hypothetical situation, and I can’t apply the law to a hypothetical set of facts. I can only decide cases as they come to me, litigated by parties on a full record, after fully engaging precedent, talking to colleagues, writing an opinion. And so I can’t answer questions like that.”
- Klobuchar then cited the law prohibiting the intimidation of voters at the polls:
- “I’ll make it easier. 18 U.S.C. 594 outlaws anyone who “intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote.”
- “This is a law that has been on the books for decades,” Klobuchar noted.