A remark from Senator Dianne Feinstein during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Court of Appeals confirmation hearing in 2017 became a badge of defiance for conservatives battling what they saw as anti-religion bias by Democratic lawmakers.
“The dogma lives loudly within you,” Ms. Feinstein, Democrat of California, said at the time.
The comment, and others made by lawmakers during Judge Barrett’s hearing three years ago, are being revisited as court watchers await an announcement from President Trump on Saturday. He is expected to nominate Judge Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat left open by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart.
Judge Barrett, who had been a law professor before joining the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was grilled at the Senate hearing over whether her Roman Catholic faith would influence her decisions on the bench. The process prompted accusations that Democrats were engaged in religious bigotry.
Judge Barrett told the senators that she was a faithful Catholic, and that her religious beliefs would not affect her decisions as an appellate judge.