GOP senator suggests Barrett Kavanaugh lied during Senate confirmation. But here’s what they said.

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) appeared Friday to accuse Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh of lying as the Senate reviewed their Supreme Court nominations.

What did Collins say?

After the Supreme Court officially overturned abortion precedents in a 6-3 ruling on Friday, Collins released a statement saying Barrett and Kavanaugh voted “inconsistently” with what they promised at their confirmation hearings .

“This decision contradicts what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and in their meetings with me, where they both insisted on the importance of upholding long-standing precedents that the country has relied on ‘ Collins said.

She added: “Throwing a precedent overnight that the country has relied on for half a century is not conservative. It is a sudden and radical shock to the country that will lead to political chaos, anger and a further loss of confidence in our government.”

But what did ACB and Kavanaugh say?

While it’s impossible to know what each judge said behind closed doors, none of the judges have indicated during their Senate confirmation hearings that they would absolutely vote in favour Roe v. calf if the matter went to the Supreme Court.

When questioned by Senator Amy Klobuchar (DN.Y.), Barrett said she doesn’t think about it Roe v. calf a “super precedent,” a scholarly legal term that “describes cases that are so well resolved that no political actors or people seriously press for their overturning,” Barrett explained.

“And I answer a lot of questions too roewhich I think suggests roe doesn’t fall into that category,” she added.

Barrett noted that legal scholars “say across the spectrum that doesn’t mean Roe should be overruled, but descriptively it means it’s not a case that everyone has accepted.”

At his Senate hearing, Kavanaugh affirmed called roe an “important Supreme Court precedent that has been upheld many times,” but refused to say whether he believed it was “correct law”.

“That’s the point I want to make, which I think is important. Planned Parenthood vs. Casey affirmed roe and did so by considering the deciding factors of staring,” Kavanaugh then explained. “So Casey is now setting precedent upon precedent. It’s not that it’s an ordinary case that was decided and never picked up again, it’s Casey specifically considered it, applied the stare decisis factors, and decided to reconfirm it. That makes Casey Precedent for precedent.”

During his private meeting with Collins, Kavanaugh reportedly told Republican lawmakers that he believed roe was “established law”.

“We spoke about whether he’d considered it roe law to be agreed”, Collins said after the meeting. “He said he agreed to something [Chief] justice [John] said Roberts at his nomination hearing, where he said it was established law.”

One more thing?

Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) also expressed frustration with Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch.

“I trusted Judges Gorsuch and Judges Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. calf set legal precedent, and I am disturbed that they have chosen to reject the stability that the verdict has brought to two generations of Americans,” Manchin said said in an opinion.

However, like his colleagues, Gorsuch did not say he would uphold this roe if the matter went to court. Gorsuch said “A good judge will consider [Roe] as precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court to be treated as precedent like any other.”

Roe v. calf, ruled in 1973, is a US Supreme Court precedent. It has been reaffirmed. The trust interest considerations are important there and all other factors that go into the analysis of precedent must be considered,” Gorsuch explained. GOP senator suggests Barrett Kavanaugh lied during Senate confirmation. But here’s what they said.

Laura Coffey

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