WASHINGTON—Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett this week promise to add more unpredictability to an already tumultuous election season as the GOP-led Senate seeks to expand the Supreme Court’s conservative majority with just weeks before Election Day.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) has planned four days of hearings starting Monday, though three Republicans on the 22-member panel can’t attend the first day of hearings in person, with two having tested positive for the coronavirus and a third under quarantine for having been exposed to one of them.
Republicans’ goal is to have Judge Barrett, who is set to appear before the committee on Monday but won’t take questions until Tuesday, confirmed by the full Senate during the last week in October. Election Day is Nov. 3.
“I chose to accept the nomination because I believe deeply in the rule of law and the place