Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham has scheduled confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to begin on Monday, telling Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that he has rejected the request of some senators for a postponement after two members of the panel tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.
“We’re going to do what every American has to do come Monday – go to work safely,” Graham said.
The South Carolina Republican, who is in an unexpectedly tight race for reelection, said he takes the coronavirus threat seriously, and the hearing room will be set up to make sure it adheres to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Graham said that Democratic members of the committee who have concerns don’t have to come to the hearing, “you can interview the judge virtually,” stressing that both he and Barrett would be at the hearing.
There were calls to delay the hearings after two Repulbican senators on the committee, Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, both tested positive for coronavirus, shortly after President Donald Trump announced that he also had the virus, The Hill reported.
Two other GOP members of the panel went into isolated after contact with the other senators, but both said they expected to be return for the hearings.
Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate and a member of the committee, said she would take part in the hearings virtually.
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