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Established in 1816 as one of the original standing committees in the United States Senate, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is one of the most influential committees in Congress. Its broad legislative jurisdiction has assured its primary role as a forum for the public discussion of social and constitutional issues. The Committee is also responsible for oversight of key activities of the executive branch, and is responsible for the initial stages of the confirmation process of all judicial nominations for the federal judiciary. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 did not provide for congressional committees when they drafted the Constitution of the United States. Nevertheless, a select committee of eight Senators, often suggested to be the precursor to the present-day Judiciary Committee, was appointed one day after the Senate first convened in 1789. The select committee was tasked with drafting what would become the Judiciary Act of 1789. This landmark Act established the present three-tiered hierarchy of the federal judiciary, and the Office of the Attorney General. Temporary committees commonly convened in the House and Senate during the early years of Congress. The small size of Congress made it unnecessary to create permanent committees. In the Senate, ad hoc committees were comprised of three to five members depending on the issues assigned. These committees met as needed to discuss issues at their desks in the Senate chamber. The rapid growth of the nation after the turn of the 19th century and the increase in the number of members of Congress resulted in greater complexity in the federal lawmaking process. Elected officials in both the Senate and House recognized that the legislative business of the rapidly expanding country could no longer be addressed within the structure of select committees. In a resolution adopted on December 10, 1816, the Senate established the body's original standing committees, including the Committee on the Judiciary. The House Judiciary committee had been established three years earlier.

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12/16/2020

Senator Graham leads a hearing on nominations.

12/10/2020

Chairman Graham leads a meeting on nominations and legislation.

12/03/2020

Chairman Graham leads a meeting on nominations and legislation.

11/18/2020

Chairman Graham leads a hearing on judicial nominations.

11/17/2020

Part 2: Chairman Graham leads a hearing titled, “Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election”.

11/17/2020

Chairman Graham leads a hearing titled, "Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election".

11/10/2020

Part 2: Chairman Graham leads a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation: Day 4”

Confirmed, 52-48: Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
10/27/2020

Confirmed, 52-48: Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

10/26/2020
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The Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle Sunday for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, bringing the 48-year-old judge one...
10/25/2020
Barrett clears pivotal Senate hurdle ahead of Monday confirmation vote

The Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle Sunday for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, bringing the 48-year-old judge one step closer to confirmation to the Supreme Court.

In a 51-48 vote, the Senate voted to move forward with 30 hours of debate on Barrett’s nomination, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday evening, just eight days before the Nov. 3 election. The Senate is expected to remain in session overnight into Monday.

The 48-year-old judge’s confirmation will likely shift the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation.

Barrett was reported favorably out of the Judiciary Committee by 12-0, with no Democrats present.
10/22/2020
Senate Judiciary Republicans advance Barrett nomination despite Democrats' boycott, committee rules

Barrett was reported favorably out of the Judiciary Committee by 12-0, with no Democrats present.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to report Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's out of committee is moving forward on Thursday, Republicans say, despite a declaration from Democrats that they will boycott the Thursday markup in protest of how close Republicans are moving the nomination to....

10/22/2020

Chairman Graham leads a meeting on nominations, legislation and a subpoena authorization.

“Judge Barrett deserves a vote and she will receive a vote. Judge Barrett deserves to be reported out of committee and s...
10/21/2020
Chairman Graham on Dems Boycotting Committee Vote: “Judge Barrett Deserves a Vote and She Will Receive a Vote” | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

“Judge Barrett deserves a vote and she will receive a vote. Judge Barrett deserves to be reported out of committee and she will be reported out of committee. Judge Barrett deserves to be on the Supreme Court and she will be confirmed.

“She is one of the most prepared people to have ever been nominated for the Supreme Court. America will be fortunate to have her as a member of the highest court in the land.

“As to my Democratic colleagues’ refusal to attend the markup, that is a choice they are making. I believe it does a disservice to Judge Barrett who deserves a vote, up or down."

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Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans scheduled a vote for next week on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nominat...
10/15/2020
Judiciary Committee sets vote on Barrett's nomination for next week

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans scheduled a vote for next week on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination.

The panel will vote on Barrett's nomination on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. under a schedule offered by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans scheduled a vote for next week on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination.

10/15/2020

Chairman Graham leads a meeting on nominations and legislation and Day 4 of the hearing on the nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

10/14/2020

Part 2: Chairman Graham Leads Day 3 of the Hearing for the Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

10/14/2020

Chairman Graham Leads Day 3 of the Hearing for the Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

10/13/2020

Part 3: Chairman Graham Leads Day 2 of the Hearing for the Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

10/13/2020

Part 2: Chairman Graham Leads Day 2 of the Hearing for the Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

10/13/2020

Chairman Graham Leads Day 2 of the Hearing for the Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is laying the groundwork for the panel to vote later this mo...
10/13/2020
Graham lays groundwork for committee vote on Supreme Court pick

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is laying the groundwork for the panel to vote later this month on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination.

On Monday, as the panel began Barrett's confirmation hearing, Graham formally scheduled a committee meeting for Thursday, where her nomination will be on the agenda.

The committee won't actually vote on Barrett's nomination on Thursday, but the move to place Barrett on the agenda for the first time this week will allow Graham to meet his stated timeline of holding a committee vote the following Thursday, Oct. 22.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is laying the groundwork for the panel to vote later this month on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination.

10/12/2020

Part 2: Chairman Graham Leads Day 1 of the Hearing for the Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

10/12/2020

Chairman Graham Leads Day 1 of the Hearing for the Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

10/06/2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is Qualified

“I’m excited about the hearings. I want every American to see Judge Amy Coney Barrett and how qualified she is.”

– Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday formally scheduled the panel to start its days-lon...
10/06/2020
Graham officially schedules hearing on Trump's Supreme Court pick to start Oct. 12

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday formally scheduled the panel to start its days-long hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination on Oct. 12.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday formally scheduled the panel to start its days-long hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination on Oct. 12.

10/01/2020

Chairman Graham leads a meeting on nominations and legislation.

09/30/2020

PART 2: Chairman Graham leads a hearing titled, "Oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation: Day 3."

Chairman Graham issued the following statement after President Trump today announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney B...
09/26/2020
Chairman Graham Statement on Nomination of Judge Barrett | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Chairman Graham issued the following statement after President Trump today announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Judge Barrett is highly qualified in all the areas that matter – character, integrity, intellect, and judicial disposition. She is an outstanding Supreme Court nominee by President Trump.

“As the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’m very committed to ensuring that the nominee gets a challenging, fair, and respectful hearing. We move forward on this nomination knowing that the President has picked a highly qualified individual who will serve our nation well on the highest court in the land.”

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/press/rep/releases/chairman-graham-statement-on-nomination-of-judge-barrett

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Catherine Herridge from CBS News on Chairman Graham releasing a letter from AG Barr and a declassified summary from the ...
09/25/2020

Catherine Herridge from CBS News on Chairman Graham releasing a letter from AG Barr and a declassified summary from the FBI that indicate Christopher Steele’s Primary Sub-source was a likely Russian agent and had previously been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation.

09/24/2020

Chairman Lindsey Graham leads a meeting on nominations and legislation.

"'Lastly, after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process,' Gr...
09/22/2020
Graham tells Dems he's moving ahead with SCOTUS nomination, cites Kavanaugh treatment

"'Lastly, after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process,' Graham said. 'Compare the treatment of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh to that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and it’s clear that there already is one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president.'

"Graham added: 'I, therefore, think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by President Trump to fill this vacancy. I am certain if the shoe were on the other foot, you would do the same.'"

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told the Democratic committee members about his intention to move ahead with the confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

09/19/2020

Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Justice Ginsburg.

“Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who possessed tremendous passion for her causes. She served with honor and distinction as a member of the Supreme Court.

“While I had many differences with her on legal philosophy, I appreciate her service to our nation.

“My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

“May she Rest In Peace.”

"I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee and he will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions. We are...
09/17/2020
Lindsey Graham announces Comey's 'day of reckoning' before Senate, says Mueller 'declined'

"I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee and he will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions. We are negotiating with [former Deputy FBI Director Andrew] McCabe; we are hoping to get him without a subpoena -- time will tell." - Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify on his own volition before the panel in regard to "Crossfire Hurricane" -- the counterintelligence investigation into potential connections between the 2016 Trum...

09/17/2020

Chairman Lindsey Graham leads a meeting on nominations.

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