Amy Coney Barrett Emerges as Supreme Court Favorite; Trump to Pick on Weekend
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is now seen as President Donald Trump's overwhelming favorite to take the seat left by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
According to two sources familiar with the deliberations, Barrett has gone to the White House for the second day in a row. Sources also claim that Barrett has impressed Trump and other officials during her first White House meeting on Monday.
A Supreme Court pick still hasn't been announced, but Trump said it is going to happen at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Trump said the Supreme Court would need nine justices to decide on the legality of mail-in ballots for the coming elections.
Sources also told CNN that the White House is working on getting a schedule for Trump and Judge Barbara Lagoa's meeting. The plan is for the two to meet in the Miami area on Friday, as Trump visits the location.
There are five female candidates that the President is considering to take Ginsburg's seat. Sources believe that the chances of Lagoa taking the seat dimmed greatly since the weekend.
At present, Barrett is still a clear front-runner for Trump Supreme Court pick. She is viewed as the likely nominee inside the White House. Trump said the announcement for his pick would be made at the White House.
Who is Amy Coney Barrett?
Two years ago, after his nomination for Brett Kavanaugh to the high court, Trump strongly hinted that his next choice for an opening would be a former law profession.
He also said his next choice could be one he had named to a federal appeals court the year before. These all describe Barrett.
Barrett is currently sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals, working for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. She also clerked for conservative icon late justice Antonin Scalia.
If she's to be nominated and confirmed, Barrett would be the sitting justice with the least courtroom experience, said a New York Times report. She is, however, the best bet of conservative Christians and anti-abortion activists.
According to Associated Press, Barrett is a devout Catholic. Religious conservatives hail her as an ideological heir to Scalia.
Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Antony list said Barrett was a "brilliant jurist" and a woman whose arguments at court run contrary to the current female justices. Dannenfelser is the President of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion political group.
Liberals believe Barrett's legal views were too heavily influenced by religion. They fear her ascent to the nation's scale back of hard-fought abortion rights.
She will be replacing the justice who was best known for fighting for these rights, among other cases, for women's rights and equality.
Barrett's Potential Role in Trump's Reelection
As a Midwestern Catholic, Barrett may help the President secure votes for his reelection, said her supporters.
Her influence will significantly affect vital states as the Rust Belt and Great Lakes states, said a Bloomberg report. Trump is currently trailing behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden in these locations.
On Monday, Trump told an audience in Ohio that he will be picking a woman to replace Ginsburg. He also told reporters that he had a list of candidates but has "one or two" of them in mind as the likely nominee.
When asked if he will be meeting all five candidates in person, Trump said: "I doubt it. We'll meet with a few, probably."
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