President Trump has promised to nominate a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and two names are prominent: Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Barbara Lagoa.
President Trump met with Barrett on Monday at the White House. Ever the TV producer, President Trump believes that Barrett will appear well on TV, and she has already been vetted through a grueling Senate confirmation in 2017. Barrett appears to be the front-runner in the president’s mind.
According to Bloomberg:
Trump has told allies that he thinks Barrett, 48, is a smart, hard-nosed, conservative jurist who would also come across well during televised confirmation hearings, according to one of the people. Officials are also encouraged that Barrett survived a tough confirmation fight in 2017. The Senate confirmed her with a 55-43 vote that largely fell along party lines.
Barrett clerked for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the most conservative Supreme Court Justice in decades. Barrett was nominated by Trump to serve on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. She was on the list to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, but the president went with Brett Kavanaugh, allegedly saving Barrett to replace Ginsburg, according to some.
Judge Barrett enjoys a solid legal record at prestigious institutions. According to the Wall Street Journal:
Prior to her Scalia clerkship, she also served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence Silberman, a well-known conservative in Washington, D.C. During law school, she was executive editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and won the school’s highest award for scholarship and achievement.
Even though Senator Diane Feinstein rebuked Barrett in the 2017 confirmation hearings, three Democrats voted for her nomination. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
Feinstein thought Barrett is too Catholic:
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) September 6, 2017
Barrett is young, and if confirmed, could conceivably serve on the high court for more than 30 years. She is a mother of seven, Catholic, and strongly pro-life in her convictions. She is the favorite of the pro-life movement. Democrats don’t want her, and there is no higher recommendation than that.
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