Sen. Feinstein Leads Democrats Formal Request To Delay SCOTUS Confirmation

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On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) formally led a request by Senate Democrats for a delay on the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

“Now that Judge Barrett has formally been nominated, we write to object to the timeline you unilaterally laid out for consideration of her nomination, and we renew our objections to processing Judge Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” the request said.

The request continued: “The timeline for consideration of Judge Barrett’s nomination is incompatible with the Senate’s constitutional role. We again urge you to delay consideration of this nomination until after the presidential inauguration. The Senate and the American public deserve a deliberative, thorough process, and this falls far short.”

The directly request contradicts Feinstein’s 2016 stance on the confirmation vote of then-Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. In 2016, Feinstein wrote, “Today, President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty by nominating Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Now it’s time for the Senate to do its own job and fully and fairly consider this nominee.”

2016 Feinstein added, ““To my Republican colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, I ask them to do their job. Give Judge Garland full and fair consideration. It’s your constitutional duty, and I believe the only responsible thing to do.”