I commit to you to fully and faithfully applying the law of recusal. And part of that law is to consider any appearance questions, and I will apply the factors that other justices have before me in determining whether the circumstances require my recusal or not. But I can’t offer a legal conclusion right now about the outcome of the decision I would reach.
— Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, in response to Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT-D) asking her to commit to recusing herself from any court cases related to election 2020. Barrett twice declined to step away from any such future cases that may arise between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in her responses to Leahy.
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