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Sen. Richard Blumenthal Warns of ‘Consequences’ of Barrett’s Confirmation

Hours before Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court during a White House ceremony, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) took to the Senate floor warning of “consequences” if Republicans were to move ahead with her confirmation. In a speech that lasted over 40-minutes, Blumenthal—who has joined other Democrats in openly opposing Barrett’s nomination before the Nov. 3 election—vocalized concerns over topics including abortion and health care. He also touched on Democrats’ calls for Barrett recuse herself from any cases involving the outcome of the presidential election or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if confirmed by the Senate, due to concerns over conflicts of interest. The due process clauses of the Constitution require judges to recuse themselves when the judge has a financial interest in the case outcome, and when there is a strong possibility that the judge’s decision will be biased, according to Cornell Law …