Washington, DC, October 15, 2020 – Today the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its final day of hearings in the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Below is a statement from Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight.
“After a historically rushed hearing process, we know almost nothing about Judge Coney Barrett because she refused to answer questions and because the Senate majority refused to probe her record beyond her self-selected and materially incomplete written submissions. Without answers or information, the Senate is not engaged in an advice and consent process, it is operating as a rubber stamp. The Senate should resume hearings and request documents before it is too late.”
Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Oversight launched an investigation into the judicial and political figures who had previously appeared on the president’s list of potential nominees.
Since Barrett’s selection, American Oversight has filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the Department of Justice seeking DOJ communications with outside individuals and organizations regarding Barrett’s nomination. American Oversight has also requested communications between DOJ officials and the office of Senator Mitch McConnell concerning federal judicial nominations. A complete list of FOIA requests, the documents we have received, and more information on our Supreme Court investigation is available here. American Oversight is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit ethics watchdog and is the top Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration. American Oversight has filed more than 200 public records lawsuits since March 2017, uncovering and publishing tens of thousands of documents exposing conflicts of interest, abuse of power, and misuse of taxpayer resources at the highest levels of the government. In 2019, American Oversight launched its State Accountability Project to investigate voter suppression and has filed dozens of records requests in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Follow us at @weareoversight and learn more at http://www.americanoversight.org.