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Notre Dame employees urge Amy Coney Barrett to ‘demand’ stop to confirmation process

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Nearly 90 University of Notre Dame employees have written an open letter to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, asking her to bow out of her confirmation process until after the presidential election.

The letter, signed by 88 people, asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge to “take this unprecedented step” because “voting for the next president is already underway.”

“According to the United States Election Project, more than seven million people have already cast their ballots, and millions more are likely to vote before election day,” the letter reads. “The rushed nature of your nomination process, which you certainly recognize as an exercise in raw power politics, may effectively deprive the American people of a voice in selecting the next Supreme Court justice.”

Barrett, 48, teaches at Notre Dame Law School.

The letter echoes the cry by top Democrats that the Senate not confirm Barrett, leaving it up to either Joe Biden, if he’s elected, or President Donald Trump after Nov. 3.

The writing also notes the reported dying wish of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that her seat be vacant until after the a “new president is installed.” Ginsburg’s granddaughter claims she dictated it to her during her “last days,” although it was never recorded.

“Given your admiration for Justice Ginsburg, we ask that you repair the injury to her memory by calling for a pause in the nomination until the next president is seated. Your nomination comes at a treacherous moment in the United States,” the Our politics are consumed by polarization, mistrust, and fevered conspiracy theories,” they wrote. “You have the opportunity to offer an alternative to all that by demanding that your nomination be suspended until after the election.”

The letter closes by noting that if Barrett puts an end to the current hearings in front of the Senate Judicial Committee, a nomination by Biden would be unlikely.

“Should Vice-President Biden be elected, your seat on the court will almost certainly be lost,” the letter concludes. “That would be painful, surely.”Yet there is much to be gained in risking your seat. You would earn the respect of fair-minded people everywhere. You would provide a model of civic selflessness. And you might well inspire Americans of different beliefs toward a renewed commitment to the common good.”

Republicans, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, argue that Ginsburg nor anyone other than the president and the Senate, have a say in the matter.

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