President Trump was expected to make a Supreme Court nominee for the vacancy left by Justice Ginsburg’s death this weekend. Friday, multiple sources told Fox News Trump will announce Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee. The President is expected to make the announcement Saturday at the White House.
Judge Amy Barrett currently serves on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. According to Fox News, Barrett has long been considered a front runner “to potentially replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court. Though Trump eventually selected Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the slot, news outlets reported at the time that Trump said he was ‘saving her for Ginsburg.”
Barrett, 48, clerked for late Justice Antonin Scalia and a former Notre Dame professor as well as “devout Catholic, a fact that was controversial at her 2017 confirmation hearing to her current seat on the 7th Circuit. ‘The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern” said Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Republicans have 53 seats in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to put Trump’s nominee up for a vote. GOP Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins have Maine have alluded to opposing the confirmation. “Murkowski recently softened her stance on the matter, indicating that even if she has objections to the process she may vote on the eventual nominee based on her qualifications” reported Fox News.