Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court an “illegitimate process” after Democratic members of the panel boycotted the hearing.
“This is not a decision the members of the committee have taken lightly,” Schumer said during a news conference on the steps of the Capitol.
“But a Republican majority has left us no choice. We are boycotting this illegitimate hearing. The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is the most illegitimate process I have ever witnessed in the Senate,” the New York Democrat said.
He warned that Barrett’s confirmation by the full Senate to the court would have “dire consequences” for the Senate, the Supreme Court and “our entire country for generations to come.”
He added that Democrats will not “lend a single ounce of legitimacy to this sham vote in the Judiciary Committee.”
The panel earlier voted 12-0 to confirm President Trump’s nominee to the court even as the Democratic members refused to show up.
A full Senate vote is expected on Monday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the committee, said he wouldn’t allow Democrats to “take over” the hearing and moved ahead with the vote.
“We’re not going to allow them to take over the committee,” Graham said in his opening statement. “They made a choice not to participate after allowing judge Barrett four days to be questioned.”
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