The Latest: Harris: GOP wants court to do their ‘dirty work’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

California Sen. Kamala Harris says Republicans are trying to get the Supreme Court to do their “dirty work” by installing a new justice who will overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Harris delivered her opening remarks via video Monday from her Senate office, calling the hearings “reckless” because everyone attending was not required to be tested for the coronavirus.

She warned it’s not just health care that is at risk if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed. She says voting rights, workers’ rights, abortion rights and the very idea of equal justice are at stake.

Harris says that the court is “often the last refuge for equal justice” and that a Barrett nomination puts in jeopardy everything the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to protect.

Harris’ comments largely mirrored her messaging on the campaign trail as the Democratic vice presidential nominee. She and Joe Biden have made protecting the Affordable Care Act one of the centerpieces of their campaign.



The Republican-controlled Senate is charging ahead on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court majority before Election Day.

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12:25 p.m.

Sen. Mike Lee has released a doctor’s letter saying he no longer needs to be in isolation for COVID-19, allowing him to join the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The Utah Republican posted the letter from the Attending Physician of Congress, Dr. Brian Monahan, on Monday as he joined the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearings.

The letter says, “Based on current CDC guidelines, you have met criteria to end COVID-19 isolation for those with mild to moderate disease.”

The doctor says Lee reported “remaining but improving fatigue” but has had no fever for at least 24 hours. He says Lee reported on Sunday that “other symptoms have improved.” The letter notes it has been more than 10 days “since symptom onset.”

Lee and Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina are among those who tested positive for the virus Oct. 2 after attending the Sept. 26 Rose Garden event announcing President Donald Trump’s nomination of Barrett.

Tillis is attending the Judiciary hearings remotely.

Republicans want Barrett confirmed before the presidential election. Democratic vice presidential nominee and Sen. Kamala Harris says Republicans are trying to “ram through” Barrett.


11:50 a.m.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett must recuse herself from any cases involving President Donald Trump and the outcome of the Nov. 3 election.

The Connecticut senator says Barrett’s participation in election cases would do “explosive, enduring harm to the court’s legitimacy” and to her credibility.

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Blumenthal told Trump’s nominee on Monday: “You must recuse yourself.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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