President Donald Trump is expected to pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, over five weeks before the November election.
The Hill, citing several sources, reported that the president plans to nominate Barrett to the Supreme Court at a White House ceremony on Saturday evening, Sept. 26.
Following the death of Ginsburg on Sept. 18, Barrett emerged as the front-runner to fill the vacancy. Serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since late 2017, Barrett becomes the favorite choice of GOP senators because of her strong conservative credentials. In fact, she was already vetted and interviewed two years ago.
If confirmed, Barrett will be the third Supreme Court justice to be nominated by President Trump, following Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, which would form a 6-3 conservative majority on the High Court.
President Trump on Friday declined to confirm that Barrett was the choice.
“I haven’t said it was her but she is outstanding,” the president told reporters as he returned to Washington on Friday night.
During his campaign rally at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia on Friday evening, President Trump said that his rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, if elected, would fill the Supreme Court with extremists.
“They say the biggest thing you can do is the appointment of judges, but especially the appointment of Supreme Court justices. That’s the single biggest thing a president can do because it sets the tone of the country for 40 years, 50 years—I mean a long time,” Trump said.
“If given the power, the radical left will pack the Supreme Court with extremists who will strike the words ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance,” he added.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2020