US: Amy Coney Barrett a potential Supreme Court Justice
US President Donald Trump will reportedly nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a favorite of social conservatives, to be the new Supreme Court justice.
US President Donald Trump is expected to select Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, according to multiple US media reports citing unnamed Republican sources.
On Friday evening, several US news outlets including CNN, the New York Times and The Hill reported that Trump plans to nominate Barrett for the empty Supreme Court seat in an announcement scheduled for Saturday.
But when asked about his choice on Friday evening, Mr. Trump refused to give anything away: “You’ll find out tomorrow. Look, they’re all great. It could be any of one them.”
Barrett met with Trump at the White House on Monday, according to the president, who described her without naming her as widely “respected” and “brilliant”.
Trump told reporters travelling with him on Friday that he has made a decision “in my own mind” and that, while “I haven’t said it was [Barrett] … she is outstanding”, according to a media pool report.
Barrett, 48, is a constitutional scholar who Trump named to the federal appeals bench in 2017. She is a favorite of the right-wing Federalist Society, a group that has orchestrated the confirmation of more than 200 conservative jurists to the federal courts since Trump took office.
If Judge Barrett is confirmed, conservative-leaning justices will hold a 6-3 majority on America’s highest court for the foreseeable future.
Barret would be also the third justice appointed by this Republican president, after Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.