Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is a frontrunner for the latest Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, CNBC reports.
Ginsberg died on Friday as the result of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, providing President Donald Trump with the opportunity to put a third judge on the Supreme Court.
Despite the general election being just months away, Trump has stated that he will nominate a replacement soon, perhaps this upcoming week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made it known that he will have the Senate vote on Trump’s nominee.
Although President Trump has stated his intention to select a replacement for Ginsburg, he has yet to name that replacement — though he has said the nominee will be a woman. A question, thus, is, “how did NBC come up with Barrett as a frontrunner?”
There are several answers to this question, starting with the fact that Barrett was named on the list of potential Supreme Court nominees that the president updated just this month.
In addition to this, Johnathan Swan and Sam Baker of Axios report that Trump, back at the time of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination in 2019, said of Barrett that he was “saving her for Ginsburg.”
And, finally, it is thought that Barrett will stand a better chance in the contentious confirmation process considering that she has just recently gone through this process when she was confirmed to the 7th Circuit. She was confirmed, by the way, by a vote of 55-43, which included three Democratic senators.
What do we know about Barrett?
Barrett was appointed by the president to the federal appeals court in Chicago back in 2017. What critics of Barrett’s have always focused on is her position on abortion, which is, more or less, the complete opposite of Ginsburg’s.
In academic writings, Barrett has referred to the “unborn victims” of abortion and she has criticized Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision which legalized abortion. At the same time, however, she has expressed her belief that it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will overturn that decision.
These views were all expressed in 2013. There is little doubt that the number one question for Barrett, if nominated, will be whether she still holds to these views.
The president’s shortlist
Other possible replacements, according to CNBC, include Allison Rushing, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Barbara Lagoa, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Amul Thapar, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
President Trump mentioned Lagoa while speaking to the press on Saturday. “She’s an extraordinary person, I’ve heard incredible things about her,” he said. It appears that we will not have to wait long for the president’s pick.