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WATCH: Amy Coney Barrett refuses to say if ‘clear voter intimidation’ is illegal

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Amy Klobuchar and Amy Coney Barrett (PBS/screen grab)

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday declined to say whether voter intimidation is illegal despite the fact that it is outlawed by federal statutes.

During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) noted that many states “have policies that make it harder for people to vote.”

“That is what the stakes are,” Klobuchar explained. “And that is why not having Justice Ginsburg on the court right now is so frightening to so many Americans out there and that is why we are asking you these questions about voting.”

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Klobuchar pointed to news that a contractor in Minnesota has begun recruiting poll watchers with military experience.

“This was clear voter intimidation,” the senator said. “Similar efforts are going on around the country, solicited by President Trump’s false claims of massive voter fraud.”

“Judge Barrett, under federal law, is it illegal to intimidate voters at the polls?” Klobuchar asked.

“I can’t characterize the facts in a hypothetical situation,” Barrett replied. “And I can’t apply the law to a hypothetical set of facts. I can only decide cases as they come to me.”

“I’ll make it easier,” Klobuchar interrupted before pointing to 18 U.S.C. § 594 in federal law, which applies to anyone who “intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote.”

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“This is a law that has been on the books for decades,” the senator said. “Do you think a reasonable person would feel intimidated by the presence of armed civilian groups at the polls?”

Barrett, however, refused to answer on the grounds that it could seen as a legal opinion.

“It’s not something that it’s appropriate for me to comment on,” she said.

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Twitter again takes action against Trump for lying about mail-in ballots

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On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted yet another false claim about mail-in ballots, and implicitly called for throwing out any ballots that have not been received by November 3rd even if they were postmarked before that date.

Twitter took action against the president's false statement, hiding it behind a warning that it "might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process."

The social network has previously limited other tweets from the president, including those giving false information about the COVID-19 pandemic and one that appeared to glorify the shooting of civil rights protesters.

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‘They’ve rigged the courts’: Democrats rip ‘illegitimate nominee’ Amy Coney Barrett — and McConnell’s ‘sham of a process’

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The United States Senate on Monday confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court.

Fifty-two Republicans voted to confirm, while Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) joined all Democrats in voting no, resulting in a 52-48 outcome.

Judge Barrett will participate in a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House on Monday evening and will be officially sworn in as Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday morning.

Democrats had harsh words about the process.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NY) ripped the "illegitimate nominee rushed through an illegitimate process."

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Joe Biden makes bold push to be the first Democrat to win Georgia in decades: Washington Post

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As the final leg of his presidential campaign crescendos, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is hoping to pull off what hasn't been done in decades; Biden will aim to be the first Democrat to win Georgia since former President Bill Clinton managed the feat in 1992.

In 1968, Georgia voted for Independent George Wallace in an election that marked the last time a third-party candidate received any electoral votes.

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