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Watch: Dick Durbin Asks the Question We’re All Wondering – “What Was the Purpose of the Hearing?”

For most of this week the nation has watched in dismay as Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett deflected, dodged and dismissed questions about all types of issues, such as can the president unilaterally delay the date of an election or can the president unilaterally deny a woman the right to vote.

At Thursday’s final hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Mich.) gave voice to the frustrations of many who witnessed Coney Barrett’s tightly scripted, make-no-waves performance.

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In his closing statement Durbin said, “One of the things that we have witnessed, that I have witnessed in my time on the committee, is a denigration of the process to the point where it’s almost useless.

“What was the purpose of this hearing if we’ve reached the point where we really don’t know what she thinks about any issues? I’d be afraid to ask her about the presence of gravity on Earth – she may decline to answer. It may come up in a case. It may come before the court some day. What was the purpose of this hearing if we’ve reached the point where we really don’t know what she thinks about any issues?

“We’ve reached the point now where gifted, experienced jurists, legal scholars, take that seat behind the table and deny everything, refuse to answer anything.

“What are we dealing with here? We’re not dealing with the reality of who this person is and what she believes, but some kind of artifice that we have constructed between the nominee and our questions.

“It just defies logic that we are putting ourselves through this on the notion that we are measuring a person who will spend the rest of my natural life and many on the committee if she ends up being nominated and approved.”

Watch Sen. Durbin here:



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