When U.S. District Judge Justin Walker of the Western District of Kentucky appears for his second hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, it’ll be a bit different than the first time around.

Because of the health concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, senators will meet in a larger hearing room than normal and have the option to appear through videoconference or submit written questions. Those changes, and Walker being the first judicial nomination considered during the pandemic, demonstrate just how committed Senate Republicans are to their goal of confirming judges during the Trump administration.

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