President Trump tested positive for COVID, but there has also been a series of other positives among D.C. leaders.
Many are beginning to wonder if this could affect the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Melania Trump and RNC chairman Ronna McDaniel have tested positive.
And Chuck Schumer, along with Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Feinstein, are calling for a delay. From USA Today:
“It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
But Judge Amy Barrett and others have been tested:
White House spokesman Judd Deere also told Fox News that Barrett is tested daily for the coronavirus and has tested negative, including on Friday morning, and that she is following CDC guidelines on mask-wearing, social distancing and more.
The judge has been tested “daily” for signs of infection. And as of Friday morning, she has been negative.
One member of the Judiciary Committee has tested positive, Sen. Mike Lee. But despite this, he is saying the confirmation process should continue.
The fact of the matter is, since the pandemic, Congress has been able to maintain it’s workload. So has the Supreme Court.
Thanks to technology, members of Congress can convene, despite being in other parts of the country.
After all, why should we hold up meetings and hearings for a new SCOTUS justice, when software like Zoom exists?
Democrats have been trying to hold up the confirmation process ever since Trump announced he’d replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It will not be a surprise if some of them point to COVID as yet another excuse.
But the country’s come a long way since March—and most businesses and other functions have continued, despite lingering fears.
The appointment of a new Supreme Court justice is too important to stall. COVID or no, we need nine justices on the Supreme Court.
Crucial cases will be decided through the end of the year. Without a possible tie-breaking vote, there would be much in jeopardy.
- Several D.C. officials, including Sen. Mike Lee, have tested positive for COVID.
- Judge Amy Coney Barrett is being tested daily—and is negative.
- Lee says the confirmation hearings should not be pushed back.