After the Sept. 18 death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States President Donald J. Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to take her place.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Barrett kicked off on Monday morning,
In her prepared remarks, Judge Barrett credited the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia with shaping her judicial philosophy, saying "a judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were."
Barrett's high-stakes confirmation hearings will take place throughout the week in Washington. If confirmed, Barrett would expand the High Court's conservative majority to six-to-three.
The hearings are expected to last four days, with Monday bringing opening statements, and Tuesday bringing questioning.