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Amy Coney Barrett hearing live updates: McConnell says ‘we have the votes’ to confirm

The fourth and final day of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings has started. Refresh this page for updates. 

Committee shoots down Democratic attempt to halt Barrett nomination 

The Senate Judiciary Committee, in a party-line 10-12 vote, shot down a Democratic attempt to stop Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination from moving forward Thursday.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called the process a “sham” and demanded it be “indefinitely” postponed during the fourth and final day of confirmation hearings.

“In your hearts, you know that what’s happening here is not right. It’s not normal,” Blumenthal said in a plea to Republicans on the panel. “The real people eventually will judge us. History will haunt this raw exercise of political power.”

Democrats have complained that Barrett’s nomination is being rushed through in order to confirm her to the high court before Election Day – when both the Senate majority and White House are up for grabs.

“We do grave damage to the Supreme Court by politicizing it in this way,” Blumenthal said.

– Christal Hayes

Klobuchar: Amy Coney Barrett confirmation process ‘motivating more people to vote’

Democrats grasped for a silver lining Thursday as Republicans pushed the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett – and they found one in the upcoming election.

“It’s motivating more people to vote,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said.

More than 15 million people have voted already, with three weeks to go before Election Day. Based on that trend, more than half of the votes cast in the election may come before Nov. 3.

The trend favors Democrats, which could work against President Donald Trump and in favor of former vice president Joe Biden. It also could affect key Senate races – possibly including the tough reelection race that Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, finds himself in.

Graham didn’t mention his own race, but he acknowledged the problems faced by the president.

“Y’all have a good chance of winning the White House,” he told his Democratic colleagues.

– Richard Wolf

McConnell says ‘we have the votes’ to confirm Barrett, tees up final confirmation for week before election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday “we have the votes” to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The full Senate would start to consider her nomination on Oct. 23, he said, a day after the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on her nomination, which would move the final confirmation vote to the full Senate.

McConnell’s pledge to bring Barrett’s nomination forward one day after she is likely to clear the Senate Judiciary Committee means the soonest the full Senate could vote to confirm her would be Oct. 26, eight days before Election Day.

“We’ll go to the floor with her on Friday, the 23rd and stay on it until we finish this,” McConnell said, adding “We have the votes.”

Oct. 23 is the first day McConnell can put Barrett’s nomination on the calendar for the Senate, teeing up several days for debate before the chamber can vote.

He said he had been watching the hearings “very closely.”

-Nicholas Wu and…

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