Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett showcased her deep legal knowledge Tuesday during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing when asked to hold up her notes that she brought to the proceedings.
“Most of us have multiple notebooks and notebooks and notes and books and things like that in front of us,” Texas Sen. John Cornyn said. “Can you hold up what you’ve been referring to in answering our questions?”
Barrett simply raised a blank sheet before the senators.
“Is there anything on it?” Cornyn followed.
“That letter head that says United States Senate,” Barrett said.
Sen. Cornyn just asked Amy Coney Barrett to hold up her notes she brought with her.
She held up a blank piece of paper. She isn't taking notes. She's that smart. pic.twitter.com/CmoFgMmTvt
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 13, 2020
“That’s impressive,” Cornyn said.
The moment captured the fascination of those watching in agreement with the Texas senator as the federal judge sits for hours answering senators’ questions on complex issues regarding the judiciary.
Judge Barrett is using no notes. pic.twitter.com/zqZ6QGckOq
— Trish Turner (@caphilltrish) October 13, 2020
Judge Barrett's extensive notes for answering Judicial Committee questions. pic.twitter.com/MlGBTxTpac
— Glenn Cordelli (@cordellifornh) October 13, 2020
The moment also became an instant online meme.
This was when Barrett was asked to show what notes she had brought to hearing. Senators are sitting in front of thick binders of research as they question her https://t.co/WhT6xLFcEn
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 13, 2020
— Ben Smith (@benalexsmith18) October 13, 2020
The 48-year-old judge and former law professor at Notre Dame was nominated to fill the vacant seat left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away last month due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg was 87.