Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won't commit to recusing herself from cases related to the 2020 election amid pressure from Democrats calling her to do so.
She also added that she will step away from cases in which she had participated in as a judge on the 7th Circuit Court.
The president had accused Democrats, without elaborating further, of “pulling” a “scam” that will be challenged in the Supreme Court.
“Just in case it would be more political than it should be, I think it’s very important to have nine-justices," he said. Trump has repeatedly warned that the Democrats' push for universal mail-in voting would be ripe for fraud.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told NBC over the weekend that he would meet with Barrett and ask her whether she would be willing to recuse herself.
“I think you know my spirit, which is to sit down and meet with people and talk to them. And I'm going to make it very clear. One of the things I want to ask her is will she recuse herself in terms of any election issues that come before us because if she does not recuse herself, I fear that the court will be further delegitimized,” Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said during the interview.
Senate Republicans have not indicated whether they share the same concerns as their Democratic colleagues. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said in an interview with ABC that the decision of whether to recuse is up to Barrett and that he has "every confidence that she'll make the right decision."
Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had told reporters that he thinks it was a "ridiculous" suggestion that justice would not be able to hear election-related cases "because she was nominated in an election year.”