President Trump will announce his nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this Saturday at the White House, he said.
Trump broke the news in a Tuesday tweet.
Trump is reportedly considering five candidates to fill the vacancy. The top two are Judges Barbara Lagoa and Amy Coney Barrett, The Hill reported.
Trump met with Barrett on Monday at the White House. She serves on the 7thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Barrett, a strict Catholic, is known as a critic of the Roe v. Wade decision. According to Yahoo! News, she once told students at Notre Dame that a “legal career is but a means to an end… and that end is building the Kingdom of God.”
The president said he may meet with Lagoa when he travels to Florida later this week. Lagoa serves on the 11thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and lives in Miami.
She has also served on the Florida Supreme Court and Florida’s 3rdU.S. District Court of Appeals. Lagoa’s most high-profile work may be her involvement in a ruling requiring felons to pay all court fees before regaining their right to vote, according to Market Watch.
Meanwhile, Democrats have argued that the Senate should wait to confirm a successor to Ginsburg until after the November election. They have pointed to reports that it was Ginsburg’s dying wish that a new president pick her replacement, the Associated Press reported. The late justice appears to have assumed that Trump will lose the election.
Trump has said that he wants to let the funeral services for Ginsburg unfold before he announces his nominee to replace her.