26 September 2020 00:42
US President Donald Trump will reportedly nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a favourite of social conservatives, to be the new Supreme Court justice. Judge Barrett, 48, would be the third justice appointed by this Republican president, after Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. The Supreme Court's nine justices serve lifetime appointments, and their rulings can shape public policy on everything from gun and voting rights to abortion and campaign finance long after the presidents who appoint them leave office. Amy Coney Barrett has been on Donald Trump's shortlist for Supreme Court vacancies for some time, but the word was that she would be the most appropriate replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They will seek to delay the proceedings as best they can, while keeping their focus on issues like healthcare and abortion, which could be at the centre of future legal battles with a Justice Barrett on a conservative-dominated court.
She has also voted in favour of President Trump's hardline immigration policies and expressed views in favour of expansive gun rights. Nominated by Mr Trump to the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, she was confirmed by Senate in a 55-43 vote in October 2017 after a tough process. The White House has begun contacting Republican Senate offices to schedule meetings with the nominee next week, two sources familiar with the planning told CBS. Republicans hold a slim majority of 53 senators in the chamber, but they already seem to have the 51 votes they need to get Judge Barrett confirmed. In Judge Barrett's 2017 confirmation hearing for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, she was asked whether her religious faith could affect her jurisprudence.
Mr. Trump met with Judge Barrett at the White House on Monday and Tuesday and was said to like her personally. The president has long signaled that he expected to put Judge Barrett on the court and has been quoted telling confidants in 2018 that he was "saving her for Ginsburg." If confirmed, Judge Barrett would become the 115th justice in the nation's history and the fifth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court. She has been a judge for only three years, appointed by Mr. Trump to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017. (Reuters) - Amy Coney Barrett, who President Donald Trump plans to pick for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, has served as a federal appeals court judge since 2017 and has weighed in on cases involving several hot-button issues including abortion, gun rights, immigration and campus sexual assault. Trump appointed Barrett, a favorite of religious conservatives, to her current job as a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The US president has said he would announce his choice on Saturday evening and Ms Barrett, 48, has been the favourite since Justice Ginsburg died aged 87 on September 18th. Republicans in Congress said the White House had indicated to them that Ms Barrett was the president's intended pick, US media reported. Ms Barrett previously met with Mr Trump when he was selecting his nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy in 2018. At the time Mr Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh but reportedly said he was "saving" Ms Barrett for the next vacancy.