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Trump to pick Judge Amy Bar­rett

PRES­I­DENT’S LIKELY CHOICE FOR JUS­TICE

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>>WASHINGTON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in­tends to name Judge Amy Coney Bar­rett to the Supreme Court, US me­dia re­ported on Fri­day, who if con­firmed would ce­ment a solid con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity in the high court.

The pres­i­dent said yes­ter­day that this week he will an­nounce his pick to re­place the late Ruth Bader Gins­burg and var­i­ous me­dia out­lets said it would be the 48-year-old con­ser­va­tive judge.

Cit­ing sources close to the process, var­i­ous me­dia out­lets, in­clud­ing The New York Times and CNN, said Mr Trump would nom­i­nate

Ms Bar­rett.

If she is con­firmed the court would shift to a 6-3 con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity.

Asked by jour­nal­ists if she will in­deed be nom­i­nated, Mr Trump re­sponded: “I haven’t said that.”

But he added that he had al­ready made a de­ci­sion “in my own mind” and that Ms Bar­rett is “out­stand­ing.”

The me­dia re­ports noted the mer­cu­rial Mr Trump could still change his mind be­fore the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment, ex­pected at 5pm in the US yes­ter­day.

Demo­cratic op­po­nents, led by pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Joe Bi­den, have de­manded that Repub­li­cans back off on re­plac­ing lib­eral icon Gins­burg — who died last week — un­til af­ter the Nov 3 elec­tion, af­ter it’s de­ter­mined whether Mr Trump will get a sec­ond term.

Lead­ers of the Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity in the Se­nate, which is tasked with con­firm­ing Supreme Court nom­i­nees, said they have enough sup­port to hold a vote on the nom­i­na­tion ei­ther be­fore the elec­tion or at worst dur­ing the “lame duck” ses­sion be­tween the elec­tion and the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the next pres­i­dent in Jan­uary.

“We will cer­tainly do that this year,” Repub­li­can Se­nate leader Mitch McCon­nell said.

Ms Bar­rett, a law pro­fes­sor, was only ap­pointed to the bench for the first time in 2017. A deeply con­ser­va­tive Catholic, she is con­sid­ered hos­tile to abor­tion rights — a key is­sue for many Repub­li­cans.

The left-lean­ing gov­ern­ment watch­dog group Ac­count­able US was unim­pressed with the re­ported choice. “Bar­rett has proven time and again that protecting busi­nesses — not peo­ple — is her top priority,” said group pres­i­dent Kyle Her­rig.

In 2018, the mother of seven was on the short­list pre­sented by Mr Trump for a seat va­cated by the re­tire­ment of jus­tice Anthony Kennedy, a po­si­tion ul­ti­mately filled by Brett Ka­vanaugh af­ter a fe­ro­cious con­fir­ma­tion bat­tle.

Ear­lier on Fri­day, Gins­burg be­came the first woman and first Jewish per­son to lie in state at the US Capi­tol, where the jus­tice’s rel­a­tives, US law­mak­ers and dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing Mr Bi­den paid their re­spects.

Gins­burg’s last wish, re­port­edly re­layed to her grand­daugh­ter, was for her seat to be de­cided by who­ever wins the next elec­tion. Mr Trump cast doubt upon the verac­ity of that on Mon­day.

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Bar­rett: Up for Supreme Court

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