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October 13, 2020

Barrett Tried To Hide Much Of Her Past From The American Public And Judiciary Committee

At today’s hearing, Senator Blumenthal highlighted the numerous documents that Amy Coney Barrett failed to disclose to the Senate and the American public as Trump and Republicans are racing her nomination though ahead of the election. Here’s what we know that she tried to keep hidden:

Barrett has attempted to cover up damaging information about her record.
Daily Kos: “There are two related themes emerging from the Amy Coney Barrett nomination and confirmation process: Barrett has been covering up potentially damaging information about her record, and Republicans will go to any lengths to ram her onto the court. Both are severe threats to the health of this democracy.” 
Barrett attempted to conceal a letter she signed calling for an end to the “barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade.”
The Guardian: “The Guardian first reported the existence of the advertisement, which Barrett has not disclosed in documents submitted to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearing.” 

USA Today: “While a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was among hundreds who signed an anti-abortion letter that accompanied a January 2006 ad in the South Bend Tribune calling for ‘an end to the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade.’ The two-page ad was placed in the Tribune by St. Joseph County Right to Life, as the organization has done for years, featuring names of local residents who oppose abortion.”
Barrett failed to disclose two talks she gave to anti-abortion student groups.
CNN: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett failed to disclose two talks she gave in 2013 hosted by two anti-abortion student groups on paperwork provided to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearing to become the next Supreme Court justice.” 
Barrett attempted to conceal her work on a case involving the bankruptcy of a major Pennsylvania hospital system.
NBC News: “U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett did not include on her Senate Judiciary disclosure forms a notable case in which she was one of two lead attorneys: defending a Pittsburgh steel magnate accused of helping drive a major Pennsylvania Hospital System into bankruptcy.” 
Barrett attempted to conceal her connection to the extremely conservative group People of Praise.
Associated Press: “[D]ocuments show both Barrett and her husband, lawyer Jesse M. Barrett, have been involved with People of Praise for decades and have immediate family members who have held high-ranking leadership positions in the group.”

New York Times: “Every nominee for the federal bench is required to fill out a detailed questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ms. Barrett did not list any religious affiliations on her questionnaire, though many nominees have in the past.”

Associated Press: “Barrett has not publicly discussed her role with the secretive organization founded in South Bend, Indiana, which some former members have alleged subjugates women. Barrett also did not list the group as among her affiliations on Senate judicial questionnaires filed last month or in 2017, when she was confirmed to her current seat as a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.”
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