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US Senate opens hearings on Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel opens the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s conservative nominee to join the US Supreme Court, just weeks before the election.

“We will have a hearing hopefully that the country will be (able to) learn more about Judge Barrett, learn more about the law, learn about the differences in judging,” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham says as he launches the proceedings.

Graham praises the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death in September opened the way for Barrett’s nomination, and “we’re going to fill that vacancy with another great woman,” he says.

— AFP

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