Amy Coney Barrett emerges as pre-runner to fill the Supreme Court vacancy following the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
President Trump announced Tuesday that he will announce the nominees for the new Supreme Court judge at 5 p.m. Following the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump has said he hopes to fill vacancies ahead of the November election – pending Senate approval.
- Barrett is currently sitting in Chicago for the 7th round of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
- Since the nomination by President Trump in 2017, she has been in that position.
- Although Trump is excited about Barrett, he is not the only one on his shortlist.
- On Friday, during a visit to Miami, Trump will meet Judge Barbara Lagoa.
Now, many sources familiar with the president’s thinking believe Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the frontrunner for the post.
Sources told CNN that Amy Coney Barrett had impressed Trump during a meeting at the White House on Monday and returned on Tuesday. Believers say the president appeared very excited following the meeting with Barrett and continued to talk to him for several hours.
Also, Trump is said to have said that his conservative voter base Barrett would be well received “by his people.”
Barrett is currently sitting in Chicago for the 7th round of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Since the nomination by President Trump in 2017, she has been in that position.
Although her judicial tenure was relatively brief, she has been a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame since 2010, and once worked as a clerk for the late Conservative icon Judge Antonin Scalia.
Amy Barrett, a devout Catholic and a constitutional fundamentalist, leading many to predict that she would faithfully serve its conservative camp if elevated to the Supreme Court. But of course, there is no way to predict how a judge will judge in the future.
Amy Coney Barrett, 48, and considering a lifetime Supreme Court appointment, she could serve for decades in the nation’s highest court. No one can know for sure how she will rule for the rest of her life.
Although Trump is excited about Barrett, he is not the only one on his shortlist. On Monday, however, he commented that he was only focusing on “one or two” names.
On Friday, during a visit to Miami, Trump will meet Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lagoa is also considered a viable candidate, although some close to the president believes her chances have dwindled in recent days.
At a strategic level, nominating Cuban-American Lagoa from Florida could help Trump’s election prospects in the ever-important Sunshine State.
But unlike Barrett, Lagoa has never been to a High Court position before, and the process is often more time-consuming. With just six weeks to go before the election, Trump does not want to risk a quick background check.
Federal appeals are said to have been considered by Justices John Larsen and Allison Jones Rushing and White House Deputy Adviser Kate Todd.