Judge Barrett meets with Senate Leader McConnell

Barrett is also scheduled on Tuesday to meet Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham at 5:30 p.m. EDT, as well as other Republican Judiciary Committee members, including Senators Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee and Mike Crapo.

If Barrett is confirmed by the Senate, as expected, she would further tilt the court to the right, entrenching a 6-3 conservative majority.

Democrats are fiercely opposing Barrett, who would replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality and other liberal causes. She died on Sept. 18 at age 87.

Democrats argue the vacancy should be filled after the next president is chosen on Nov. 3, a view shared by a majority of Americans, according to recent national polls.

Video Transcript

- Trisha, are we set? Go ahead, Leader.

MITCH MCCONNELL: Well, we're pleased today to welcome Judge Barrett to begin the process of advise and consent in the Senate. As you know, she will be visiting with members who were interested in talking to her during the course of the next few days. And we're glad to have her here, and glad to get the process started.

MIKE PENCE: Well, on behalf of President Donald Trump, I want to thank the Senate Majority Leader, and your colleagues in the Senate who have committed to meet with an extraordinary American. In judge Amy Coney Barrett, we have someone of great character, of great intellect, who has a judicial philosophy that will uphold the Constitution of the United States. President Trump discharged his duty under Article II to nominate Judge Barrett to the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. We believe the Senate has an opportunity leader for a fair and respectful consideration, a hearing. We urge our Democratic colleagues in the Senate to take the opportunity to meet with Judge Barrett, and as the hearing goes forward, to provide the kind of respectful hearing that the American people expect. We look forward to a vote in the Senate in the near future, and to fill the seat on the Supreme Court of the United States because the American people deserve a justice like Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The American people deserve nine Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States. So thank you, Leader, for the warm welcome today, and we look forward to working with you.

- Leader McConnell, if Judge Coney Barrett is confirmed should she recuse herself from any election related cases?

- All right, folks, let's go. Thank you. Let's go.

- Do you intend to try to confirm her before the election?

-Thank you.