According to a breaking report from Bloomberg News, President Trump is leaning toward nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace the Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
On Monday, President Trump said that he has considered as many as 5 other candidates, but people close to the situation say it will likely be Barrett. This is consistent with what we’ve heard for several months from President Trump, and it seems like the likely scenario.
Here’s more from the Bloomberg report:
Barrett was at the White House on Monday, one of the people said. She is a favorite of anti-abortion rights advocates, who are heavily lobbying the White House and Trump personally to nominate her. She’s preferred by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to people close to him.
And her supporters have pointed out to the White House that as a Midwestern Catholic, Barrett may help the president secure votes for his re-election in vital Rust Belt and Great Lakes states where he currently trails Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday he is looking at “five women” to fill the vacancy but has “one or two” of them in mind as finalists. When asked if Barrett is one of the the finalists, the president said, “she’s one of the people that is very respected, but they’re all respected.”
According to the report, Appeals Court Judge Barbara Lagoa was also a strong consideration, but sources tell Bloomberg that she is a distant second to Barret.
“The president has expressed some skepticism about her conservative credentials because she drew the votes of 27 Democrats when she was confirmed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals,” said the Bloomberg report.
Here’s some reaction of the Barrett news from Twitter:
This is still a developing story. Check back for more…