Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court

“It’s going to go fast. We’re looking to do it before the election. So it’s going to go very fast,” he said.
US President Donald Trump announces his US Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett (R), in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020.

In a widely awaited announcement that sets up a political showdown in the Senate between Republicans and Democrats, U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the president said Saturday.

Barrett, 48, who Trump nominated to the federal appeals court in 2017, is a constitutional scholar and conservative jurist.

Her appointment comes just over a week after the death on September 18 of longtime Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a staunch liberal.

“Today it is my honour to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” Trump said at a Rose Garden event that was attended by Barrett, her husband and their seven children.

“She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the [US] Constitution, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”

The president then thanked the “commitment and to providing a fair and timely hearing”.

The leadership of the Republican Senate has promised to press forward before the November 3 presidential election with a confirmation vote. Meanwhile, Democrats have said that whoever wins the election should select the next judge.

“[It] should be a straightforward and prompt confirmation … It’s going to be very quick. I’m sure it’ll be extremely non-controversial,” Trump said about the process.

Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and Democrats are predicted to have little ability to block the nomination, with only two Republican senators resisting going forward with the vote before the election.

The party would swing the nine-member Supreme Court to a 6-3 conservative majority if Barrett is confirmed, potentially shaping the US legal environment for decades.

Later on Saturday, Trump said the Senate is likely to open the Barrett confirmation hearings on October 12, and he expected a full Senate vote before the election on November 3.

“It’s going to go fast. We’re looking to do it before the election. So it’s going to go very fast,” he said.

Barrett is expected to begin on Tuesday the traditional courtesy calls to individual senators, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell up first.