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WATCH LIVE: Amy Coney Barrett faces Senate Judiciary Committee again in third day of hearings

Pretty smooth so far

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The third day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court is set to begin at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.

The first day of hearings on Monday saw only opening statements from committee members and the nominee.

Senators spent all day Tuesday giving speeches, advancing conspiracy theories, and peppering Barrett with questions about judicial philosophy, her family, her personal beliefs, the Constitution — and whether she has ever committed sexual assault.

During the Tuesday meeting, Barrett faced several questions from Democratic senators on how she might rule on potential cases at the high court. Each time, she responded by invoking the so-called "Ginsburg rule," noting it would be inappropriate to give her opinion about specific cases.

She also responded to left-wing and Democratic smears of her mixed-race family. Leftists and Democratic operatives attacked Barrett and her husband for adopting black children, which Barrett called "deeply offensive and hurtful."

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) — who relentlessly attacked and accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh, during his confirmation hearings, of committing sexual assault — asked Barrett if she has ever committed sexual assault.

"Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?" Hirono asked.

Barrett answered "No, Sen. Hirono."

"Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?" the senator asked..

"No, Senator," Barrett replied.

In one of the stranger moments of Tuesday's hearing, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) launched into a diatribe about a conspiracy that connected "dark money" and the courts.

Wednesday's hearing offers more of the same, with senators getting a second round of questions for the nominee.

Watch the hearings live here:

Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (day 3) www.youtube.com

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