Trump is expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Trump is expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention in Washington. President Donald Trump is expected to choose Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom he previously appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg . News outlets, including CNN , PBS Newshour , and CBS , reported Friday evening that the president is expected to announce Saturday that he has chosen to nominate Barrett to the nation’s highest court — though the pick isn’t yet final until Trump makes a formal nomination. Barrett is a staunch Catholic, a favorite of the religious right, and a former law clerk to conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Her judicial record is fairly thin, owing to the fact that she’s only been a judge for about three years, but that short record suggests that she’ll be a reliable conservative if confirmed to the Supreme Court. In one of her most revealing opinions, Barrett took an expansive view of the Second Amendment — dissenting to the right of two colleagues who were appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Before joining the federal bench, Barrett was a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, and she frequently weighed in on many of the cultural fights that animate religious conservatism. In a 2013 speech on Roe v. Wade , Barrett reportedly stated that life begins at conception — a common view among abortion opponents. She signed a 2012 statement claiming that an Obama […]

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