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26 September 2020 00:42

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Sources: Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

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.

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption 2016 vs 2020: What Republicans said about choosing a Supreme Court justice in an election year Since Ginsburg's death, Republican senators have been accused of hypocrisy for pressing ahead with a Supreme Court nomination during an election year. (CNN) President Donald Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett to be the new Supreme Court justice, according to multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process. In conversations with some senior Republican allies on the Hill, the White House is indicating that Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is the intended nominee, multiple sources said. A former law clerk to the late right-wing beacon Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett would tilt the balance of power on the court further to the right, possibly ahead of a consequential case on health care to be argued the week after Election Day. If her Senate confirmation is successful before the November election, the appointment would mark Trump's third Supreme Court pick in one presidential term, cementing a conservative stronghold in the court for a generation. One source said Trump was familiar with Barrett already and he met with her since she was a top contender the last time there was a Supreme Court vacancy, when the President chose Justice Brett Kavanaugh instead.

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.

After rulings by trial and appeals court judges found the law violated the constitutional right to an abortion recognized by the Supreme Court, Barrett voted in 2018 in favor of rehearing the case, signaling opposition to rulings against the measure. In 2019, Barrett voted to rehear a ruling by a three-judge 7th Circuit panel that upheld a challenge to another Republican-backed Indiana abortion law. Barrett again was outnumbered on the 7th Circuit, but the Supreme Court in July threw out the ruling against the law and ordered that the case be reconsidered. The two other judges, both appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, said the federal law and a similar Wisconsin one were constitutional. Donald Trump is expected to name conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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.