Dems say omission of materials from Coney Barrett’s paperwork raises concerns

Amy Coney Barrett recalled talks she gave before anti-abortion groups after CNN reported them.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, is shown before her recent meeting with Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo – Pool/Getty Images)

Hearings to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court are beginning just three weeks before Election Day.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice stating that the omission of some materials from Barrett’s Senate Judiciary Questionnaire raises “serious concerns.”

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CNN is reporting that Barrett submitted supplemental paperwork to note two talks that she gave to anti-abortion student groups in 2013. She only disclosed the talks after they were reported by the news outlet.

Additionally, Barrett disclosed that she was paid to participate in an advertisement that denounced Roe V. Wade that same year. In that ad, she was acting in her professional role as a faculty member at Notre Dame. She was also a member of an organization called University Faculty for Life, where she said that her university had a “commitment to the right to life.”

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“These new omissions raise more questions about the reliability of Judge Barrett’s SJQ and her candor before the Committee. These new omissions also raise serious concerns about Judge Barrett’s rushed confirmation process and the hasty process of collecting materials responsive to the SJQ,” the letter reads.

“Please immediately provide an explanation for the omission of these materials and please provide any other responsive materials that have not been disclosed by Judge Barrett,” it concludes.

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It is signed by Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy.

The letter notes that the Justice Department had not responded to a previous letter.

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Democrats are expecting to make every effort to block the rushed confirmation of Barrett to the Supreme Court while most states are already voting in the presidential election.

President Donald Trump nominated Barrett to the court following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month. A recent gathering held in the White House Rose Garden to announce Barrett’s confirmation has been called a “superspreader event,” as more than a dozen attendees have since been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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