It was advanced by various media in the US, although the president’s relatives warn that he could change his mind at the last minute. The announcement will be made on Saturday.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, will announce this Saturday his candidate to fill the vacancy left in the Supreme Court by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week. And, according to versions advanced by the US media, the chosen one would be the conservative magistrate Amy Coney Barrett.
According to the CNN television network, which cited several high-ranking Republican Party sources, the White House indicated that it intends to nominate Barrett during conversations with various leaders of the conservative political party in the country’s Congress.
CNN sources, however, indicated that there is a possibility that Trump will change his election at the last minute.
The newspaper The New York Times, who consulted several people familiar with the process, confirmed that Trump chose Barrett, who currently serves on the Chicago-based Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, to succeed Ginsburg, after meeting with her this week at the House. White
According to Times sources, the president was impressed with this judge, about which reputed jurists would have spoken as a future Antonin Scalia, the conservative magistrate of the Supreme Court who died in 2016 and for which Barrett was judicial secretary.
Those same sources also warned, however, that it is common for Trump to change plans at the last minute, which could come as a surprise when he makes his announcement this Saturday afternoon. And they added that for now it is not known if he has interviewed other candidates for the position.
What does seem certain is that it will be a woman, just as the president has promised.
Barrett, a 48-year-old Catholic, is the antithesis of Ginsburg, considered a feminist icon, at least when it comes to abortion rights, which she advocates cutting back on most assumptions.
Although Barrett is listed as the president’s favorite, she is not the only one on Gisnburg’s list of potential court replacements.
These days, the Cuban-American Barbara Lagoa, 52, has also been mentioned; and Allison Jones Rushing, 38; plus a White House attorney, Kate Todd; according to sources close to the selection process cited by The New York Times.
All of them supposedly fit the criteria that Trump has claimed to seek in a judge, with the aim of win the favor and votes of the Christian right: the opposition to abortion and the strong defense of the right to bear arms.
If it is confirmed by the Senate, where the leader of the Republican majority, Mitch McConnell, has already announced that he will put the candidate chosen by the president to vote, she would be the third nominee by Trump to reach the Supreme Court, after judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
With his possible ascension to that court, the person nominated by Trump would consolidate the majority of rights in the court with six conservative judges and three progressives.