President Trump finally nominated conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 26, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Now begins a tense process in the Senate that will finally have the last word on Barrett’s confirmation to the court.
If Barrett’s election to the Senate is confirmed, it would mean a historic shift in the U.S. Supreme Court with a significant shift to the conservative right.
“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” President Trump said in the Rose Garden alongside Barrett. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution—Judge Amy Coney Barrett.” Fox News reported.
Barrett, 48, now serves as a federal appeals judge, and in her role has shown a conservative attitude on hot topics such as abortion and gun control.
In addition, she is recognized as a devout Catholic, which positioned her well in conservative circles as an ideological heiress to historic conservative Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice for whom she clerked.
Barrett, if confirmed in the Senate, would become the sixth justice on the nine-member court appointed by a Republican president, and the third in Trump’s first term in office.
At today’s conference, Barrett said she understood that “this is a momentous decision for a president and if the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability.”
“I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution. I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court,” she said.
Both President Trump and Barrett paid tribute to Ginsburg, with President Trump describing her as a “legal giant and a pioneer for women.”
In an official White House statement, a report was released arguing Trump’s decision to select Barrett as the newest Supreme Court justice, highlighting her impeccable record as a student first and then as a legal professional.
According to the digital newspaper Politico, Barrett’s path to the court had been smoothed over from the time she was an exception first-year law student. Her brilliance and clarity of reasoning since her youth led a group of conservative professors at the University of Notre Dame to select her to participate in a one-year internship at the Supreme Court and then recruit her as a student at the Law School.
Barrett did not disappoint her mentors, she graduated with honors and quickly began working as a clerk with Justice Laurence Silberman at the D.C. Court of Appeals. The following year, with the support of her former professors, she began working as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
A source familiar with the process told Fox News that Oct. 12 is the deadline for the start of confirmation hearings. This means that Barrett could potentially be confirmed at the end of the month and only a few days before the election.
While Democrats have promised to oppose the election, the Senate math doesn’t seem to be in their favor. Republicans have 53 seats in the Senate and Barrett needs only 50 to be confirmed, with Vice President Mike Pence acting as a runner-up in such a case.