President Trump chose Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett because she would rule in his favor in post-Election Day litigation, which could hand him a second term, say some Democratic senators.
So, Barrett, a federal appeals court judge who on Tuesday was in the midst of her second day of Supreme Court nomination hearings, must recuse herself from election-related matters that come before the high court, according to Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.
Barrett, during an exchange with Leahy, did not commit to recusing herself from a potential Supreme Court case in relation to a dispute between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic nominee.
The last time the high court settled a presidential election dispute was in 2000 between Republican Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic nominee.