While the pick is not official, CNN reported that multiple top level officials on Capitol Hill said she is the nominee. The Christian conservative Barrett is the only nominee to have met with the president in person, they said.
Barrett, a 48-year-old 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, is beloved by conservatives, NPR reports. Her hostile stance to the Affordable Care Act and record and position on anti-abortion rights made her the early front runner. If confirmed she would be the youngest member of the court, and would be Trump’s third pick for the highest bench. This would give Republicans a 6-3 margin and court shape the law for decades to come.
Barrett was considered for the nomination in 2018, but was passed over for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, NPR said.
Barrett clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Washington Times reported. She has also spent 15 years teaching law at the University of Notre Dame. She is married with seven children, two adopted from Haiti.
Ginsburg, who died last week, was the first woman ever to lie in state in the capitol. She told her granddaughter that one of her final wishes was that her replacement not be selected until after the election, the Daily Beast reported.
Democrats promise a fight
Democrats would have been upset with any pick. In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch Connell blocked a Supreme Court nomination made by President Barack Obama. McConnell claimed that with 10 months left in the term, Obama shouldn’t get the pick. It should go to his replacement.
Now, with only a little more than 5 weeks before the 2020 Presidential Election, McConnell says it’s fine for Trump to choose a Supreme Court justice.
Democrats are now prepping for a fight over this nomination. On Friday, the House announced it planned to pass legislation that would create term limits for Supreme Court justices. Those terms would last 18 years, CNN reports. It would also limit presidents to only two picks per term. The issue would have no chance of passing the Republican controlled Senate.
Moreover, some Democrats want former Vice President Joe Biden to back expanding the court to 11 members if he is elected president on Nov. 3, CNN says.
If selected the confirmation over Amy Coney Barrett will likely revolve around her faith. Democrats are weary she will be unable to separate her faith and the law. 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.”
And in 2017, during her confirmation to the court of appeals, Politico reported California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s told Barrett: “You have a long history of believing that your religious beliefs should prevail. The dogma lives loudly within you.”
Barrett has repeatedly said she could separate her personal views from legal precedent.