Amy Coney Barrett Senate hearing begins: US election live news

The Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin as Trump heads back out on the campaign trail after contracting COVID-19.

  • The four-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has begun.
  • Trump will host his first campaign event on Monday in Florida since announcing he had tested positive for coronavirus on October 2.
  • Joe Biden will campaign in Ohio on Monday.
  • Early voting begins in Georgia, a state that has become an increasing battleground, with 22 days left until the November 3 election.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the United States elections. This is Joseph Stepansky.

Monday, October 12:

09:00 ET – Amy Coney Barrett’s prepared statements

Trump’s pick for a US Supreme Court vacancy said she will rule based on the law, not her personal views, in prepared remarks issued on Sunday ahead of her Senate confirmation hearing this week.

Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative appeals court judge, said that in her current job she has “done my utmost to reach the result required by the law, whatever my own preferences might be”.

Barrett said in the statement that it will be an “honor of a lifetime” to serve alongside the current eight justices and explained how she approaches cases.

“When I write an opinion resolving a case, I read every word from the perspective of the losing party. I ask myself how would I view the decision if one of my children was the party I was ruling against,” she wrote.

Read here more.

08:30 ET – What to expect at Amy Coney Barrett hearing

Supreme Court nominee Barrett will face the Senate Judiciary Committee in a four-day hearing starting on Monday that kick-starts a confirmation process that Republicans hope to complete before the November 3 elections.

The truncated proceedings, which follow the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18, leave little room for unexpected developments with only 22 days until the election.

If confirmed, Barrett, who was appointed to an appellate court judgeship by Trump in 2017, will tip the balance on the top US court to a 6-3 conservative majority. That balance could have a wide-ranging effect on possible rulings related to the presidential election, an upcoming case involving the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and a range of social issues including abortion, guns, and LGBTQ rights.

Read more about what to expect at the hearing here.


Read all the updates from Friday, (October 9) here.

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