Barrett unscathed by tough Democratic confirmation probing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett batted back Democrats’ skeptical questions on abortion, health care and a possible disputed election in a lively Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, insisting she would bring no personal agenda to the court but would decide cases “as they come.” The 48-year-old appellate court judge declared her conservative views with […]

Barrett vows fair approach as justice, Democrats skeptical

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett presented her approach to the law as conservative and fair on Monday at the start of fast-tracked confirmation hearings, while angry Democrats, powerless to stop her, cast her as a threat to Americans’ health care coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. With her husband and six of their seven […]

Supreme Court pick Barrett draws on faith, family for Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett vows to be a justice “fearless of criticism” as the split Senate charges ahead with confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s pick to cement a conservative court majority before Election Day. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, draws on faith and family in her prepared opening remarks for the hearings, which […]

Barr, Mueller trade barbs as Russia probe rift goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) — Private tensions between Justice Department leaders and special counsel Robert Mueller’s team broke into public view in extraordinary fashion Wednesday as Attorney General William Barr pushed back at the special counsel’s “snitty” complaints over his handling of the Trump-Russia investigation report. Testifying for the first time since releasing Mueller’s report, Barr faced […]

GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. The Arizona senator, who is retiring from Congress, is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump. Flake […]

Kavanaugh faces final round of questioning without missteps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators will launch a final round of questioning of Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, but after a marathon 12-hour session, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court appears to have avoided any major missteps that could trip his confirmation. So far, Kavanaugh does not seem to have changed minds on the Judiciary […]

Former colleagues, judges to testify for Supreme Court pick 

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues get their say on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee after Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged unscathed from two days of tough questioning at his confirmation hearing. Assured of support from majority Republicans, Gorsuch received glowing GOP reviews […]

Supreme Court nominee unscathed facing last day of hearings 

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his nomination hearings largely unscathed by Democratic attacks, as Republicans confidently predict he will win confirmation despite liberal opposition. A growing number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and […]

High court nominee to face daylong questioning in Senate 

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators as frustrated Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald Trump. Republicans are unanimously supporting Gorsuch, and certain to give him what cover […]