During day two of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee of Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked the judge about whether it would be constitutional for President Donald Trump to use executive powers to delay a general election.
“On July 30, 2020, President Trump made claims of voter fraud and suggested he wanted to delay the upcoming election,” Feinstein began before asking her question. “Does the Constitution give the President of the United States the authority to unilaterally delay a general election under any circumstances? Does federal law?”
Coney Barrett stuck to proper judicial and legal procedure in her response.
“Well Senator, if that question ever came before me, I would need to hear arguments from the litigants and read briefs and consult with my law clerks and talk to my colleague and go through the opinion writing process,” Coney Barrett responded. “So, you know, if I give off-the-cuff answers, then I would be basically a legal pundit. And I don’t think we want judges to be legal pundits. We want judges to approach cases thoughtfully and with an open mind.”
That’s when Feinstein looked lost and basically said that she needed to change her tactics with Barrett.
“Okay, let me try something else,” Feinstein said.