By Jemima McEvoy, Forbes

Facing scrutiny over recent revelations about ties to a strict religious group and strong personal opinions on Roe v. Wade, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, will defend herself as an impartial interpreter of the law in opening remarks to the Senate on Monday.

Senators Meet With Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett
Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. … [+] GETTY IMAGES


  • A copy of Barrett’s opening statement, which will be presented at Monday’s Senate judiciary Committee Hearing amid a whirlwind push from Republicans for speedy confirmation before the election, was published Sunday morning. 
  • In the remarks, Barrett, a conservative Christian, addresses mounting concern about her ability to judge independently of her personal beliefs, called into question after a series of reports revealed she had not disclosed certain information to the Senate. 
  • Referencing her short tenure as a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett said: “In every case, I have carefully considered the arguments presented by the parties, discussed the issues with my colleagues on the court, and done my utmost to reach the result required by the law, whatever my own preferences may be.”
  • Barrett also said that when she writes an opinion, she asks herself how she would view the decision if one of her children was the party she was ruling against, and re-emphasized the influence of Justice Antonin Scalia on her approach. 


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