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Senator Lindsey Graham stated the Supreme Court docket affirmation hearings are slated to start in two weeks


U.S. President Donald Trump will announce his US Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (R) in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020.

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The hearings to examine President Donald Trump's candidate to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death are due to begin October 12, Senator Lindsey Graham said late Saturday.

The announcement by Graham, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, came hours after Trump officially named Amy Coney Barrett as his election, the third nomination of his tenure to date.

The move, which comes less than 40 days before the November 3rd general election, shows the accelerated timeline in which Trump and other Republicans are hoping to install Barrett.

The time from nomination to the start of Senate hearings for the three previous Supreme Court justices has been more than three times longer than this case.

"Judge Barrett has an excellent academic and legal background, serving for Judge Laurence Silberman on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court," said Graham in his statement.

Barrett later became a professor at Notre Dame Law School for 15 years before being appointed by Trump as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017.

Trump's nomination has attracted attention in an already intense election cycle dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic collapse.

The development set in motion by the death of Bader Ginsburg on September 18 is considered a great victory for the conservatives. If Barrett is upheld, Conservatives would hold a 6-3 majority in the American Supreme Court. Trump appears to have enough support from Senate Republicans to endorse Barrett without a single Democrat.

Meanwhile, Democrats have warned the move will jeopardize abortion rights for women and the availability of health care for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act.

They have also turned down a nomination so close to a national election, a move Graham and other Republicans called fundamentally wrong in 2016 when referring to the selection of former President Obama, Merrick Garland.

The hearings will last three to four days, according to Graham, who faces a highly competitive race for his own seat in the South Carolina Senate.

The Judicial Committee and Barrett's opening statements are scheduled for October 12, followed by interviews and testimony from "those who know Judge Barrett best," said Graham.

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