Trump announces conservative judge Barrett as Supreme Court pick

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. PHOTO BY OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

It is well known that Donald Trump is the one who has served as the 45th president of the United States of America since January 20, 2017. Now, in the power of his functions, US President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday at the Conservative Appellate Judge Amy Coney Barrett as her third US Supreme Court appointment, sparking a fight in the Republican-led Senate to confirm her before Election Day in five and a half weeks.

Notably, Barrett appeared at the White House with Trump when she made the announcement. Trump called it “one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds”. Certainly, should she be confirmed to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at age 87 on September 18, Barrett would become the fifth woman to serve on America’s highest judicial body and, in fact, be you could say it would push his conservative majority to a dominant 6–3. With Trump’s fellow Republicans controlling the Senate, confirmation seems certain, although Democrats may try to make the process as difficult as possible.

Commended selection

Barrett is an American lawyer, jurist, and academic who has served as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2017, after being nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in October of that year. She has also worked as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, of which she was a student, teaching classes in civil procedure, constitutional law, and interpretation of laws.

Notably, conservative activists have praised Trump’s selection, which came to light Friday night, while liberals have expressed dismay. Like Trump’s other two appointments, Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, Barrett is young enough to be able to serve for decades. Barrett is the youngest Supreme Court candidate since conservative Clarence Thomas was 43 in 1991.

The selection kicks off a lot of activity that must take place before the final confirmation vote, including public hearings in the coming weeks before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Source: Reuters | National Post

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