With the whirlwind of news coming out of Washington this past week, the battle over the Supreme Court has been more or less placed on the backburner.
But, despite a number of Republicans contracting the coronavirus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assured Americans that confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amey Coney Barrett, will forge on.
“Judge Barrett’s hearings will begin one week from today. Chairman Graham has all the tools to conduct a hybrid hearing, just like the 150 others the Senate has held this year,” McConnell said on Twitter Monday evening. “We will not stop working for the American people because Democrats are afraid they may lose a vote.”
Judge Barrett’s hearings will begin one week from today. Chairman Graham has all the tools to conduct a hybrid hearing, just like the 150 others the Senate has held this year.
We will not stop working for the American people because Democrats are afraid they may lose a vote.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) October 6, 2020
Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is scheduled to begin the hearings on his panel on Monday – a timeline that would allow a full Senate vote before the election, which is just 28 days away.
The timeline was doubted over the weekend when two GOP members of the committee – Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) tested positive for the coronavirus, as reported by the New York Post.
McConnell needs 51 votes in the Senate – which the GOP controls 53-47 – to confirm Barrett, who would replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But, two senators – Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins of Maine – have opposed Barrett’s nomination in an election year.
Indeed, the nature of this nomination is particularly historic.
Barrett’s confirmation would give the court an overwhelming 6-3 conservative majority, the most conservative the court has been in 70 years.
So, Senate Democrats are scrambling to find any way to halt the confirmation process, using the uncertainty around the virus to their advantage.
With three Republicans falling victim to COVID-19, Democrats have requested the hearings to be postponed because it remains unclear how much the virus has spread throughout the chamber.
“As we continue to learn of additional colleagues testing positive for COVID_19, it is increasingly clear that rushing Amy Coney Barrett’s hearing forward in the midst of a COVID outbreak in the White House and Senate would turn an illegitimate process into a reckless and dangerous one,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Sunday.
But, unfortunately for the Democrats, the confirmation process will continue full-speed ahead and there’s no stopping it.
Obtained Emails on Election Night Heighten Georgia’s Mysterious Ballot-Counting
Just the News has obtained internal emails from election workers in Georgia’s Fulton County has increased confusion and mystery regarding the November presidential elections. As a reminder, Just the News writes, “Uncertainty arose regarding the ballot processing operation at Fulton County’s State Farm Arena on and after Election Night, when ballot-scanning apparently continued even after most election workers had reportedly been sent home.”
Affidavits from Election Night poll workers state they were directed by officials to stop working around 10:30 pm on November 3rd, and return at 8:30 am the next day. Multiple local and national media outlets reported absentee ballot counting stopped around 10:30 pm and cited county spokeswoman Regina Waller.
In truth, counting at the State Farm Arena continued past 10:30 pm. Waller herself told JTN in December that contrary to media reports, many citing her, that she had “stated to all media…that although several workers were released to go home, a small team remained behind to assist with scanning ballots.”
Through an open records request, JTN obtained a few suspect emails, in which Waller does in fact state counting ended at around 10:30 pm. The email, timestamped at 10:22 pm on Nov. 3, addressed to several county officials as well as State Farm Arena spokesman Garin Narain stated, “the workers in the Absentee Ballot Processing area will get started again at 8 am tomorrow.”
When reached for comment via email, Waller only stated the email “was in response to a question received asking when all workers would return” but did not respond to a request to see the original email to which she was responding. So then why did she keep a “small” team behind?
Another email from Fulton County Interagency Affairs Manager Fran Phillips-Calhoun timestamped at 11:15 pm that same night, almost an hour after Waller said counting stopped, Phillips-Calhoun’s email may suggest otherwise. “FYI-[the Secretary of State’s office] just sort of threw the team under the bus stating that ‘we had a great day, but we decided to throw in the towel for the night even though the public is waiting…’ on the results.”
Phillips-Calhoun’s email was sent to Waller and several other county staffers. Phillips-Calhoun did not respond to requests for comment, nor did the message specify which statement from the Secretary of State’s office she was referring to.
Pro-Trump super PAC rebrands to ‘stop Joe’s corruption, socialist agenda, liberalism’
It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President.
A super PAC that heavily supported President Trump during the 2020 presidential campaign is changing its direction to focus on the new administration.
The Committee to Defend the President officially rebranded itself on Wednesday as Joe Biden takes office. Its mission is now aimed at taking down the incoming democrat.
It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President.
During the 2020 campaign cycle, the PAC reportedly raised more than $16 million to support Trump and his “America First policy agenda, BizPacReview reports. The group will now focus on “undermining” Biden’s agenda.
“NEW NAME. SAME MISSION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT & STOP JOE’s Corruption…Socialist Agenda…Liberalism,” the website says.
The committee told Fox News it plans to match its 2020 fundraising during the 2022 election cycle, and pledges a seven-figure investment “to expose the Biden-Harris administration and other Democrats for their left-wing politics.”
The group will push new ads, opposition research, social media engagement, and “other innovative tactics.”
The PAC’s “new mission is to save Americans from the radical, dangerous policies of the Biden-Harris administration,” Ted Harvey, the group’s chairman, said.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will work around the clock to reverse the unprecedented progress of the Trump presidency,” Harvey added.
“From day one, we simply cannot let that happen. It is our patriotic duty to work around the clock and stop them – before the damage done to America becomes irreversible,” he said.
But, this isn’t the first time the PAC has switched gears.
Founded in 2013, it was originally called the Stop Hillary Pac, according to BizPacReview.
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