Sen. Feinstein defends grilling of federal judicial nominee over Catholic faith


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Sen. Dianne Feinstein defended Sunday her much-criticized grilling of a judicial nominee over her Catholic faith, saying that Amy Coney Barrett had made “questionable” statements in her writings.

 Ms. Feinstein said that she considered Catholicism to be a “great religion,” but that it was appropriate for the Senate Judiciary Committee to quiz Ms. Barrett about her religious beliefs.
“Having said that, this is a woman who has no real trial or court experience,” said Ms. Feinstein on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And therefore there is no record. She’s a professor, which is fine, but all we have to look at are her writings, and in her writings, she makes some statements which are questionable, which deserve questions.”

During the Sept. 6 hearing, the California Democrat told Ms. Barrett, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, that “dogma lives loudly within you” and that “you are controversial.”

Ms. Barrett, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, was nominated by President Trump to fill a vacancy on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

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