Report: Trump seems to rule out Lagoa, paving the way for Barrett nomination

President Donald Trump is dropping big hints about his soon-to-be-announced nominee to the Supreme Court, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Examiner reported Wednesday that Trump has done little to tamp down on rumors that he plans to tap Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the spot on the bench once held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week at the age of 87.

The latest supposed hints from the president come just days after Trump met personally with Barrett at the White House on Monday.

Barrett was also notably considered among the top contenders for the Supreme Court spot now held by Brett Kavanaugh.

“You’ll see on Saturday”

As the Examiner reported, Trump reminded the media prior to taking questions at a White House press briefing on Wednesday that he would be announcing his Supreme Court pick on Saturday.

The president was asked at the presser if he has plans to meet personally with Judge Barbara Lagoa, another reported top contender to replace Ginsburg, during his trip to Miami, Florida on Friday. Trump had nominated Lagoa to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019, and her name had been floated alongside Barrett’s among pundits.

“She is on my list. I don’t have a meeting planned, but she is on my list,” Trump said of Lagoa, according to the Examiner. “But I don’t really talk about the meetings planned. I — I speak to people. I talk to people. But I don’t have a meeting planned. No.”

The remarks are notable, considering Trump’s meeting with Barrett earlier in the week.

Barrett stands out

Asked Wednesday if he expected to receive any support from Senate Democrats for his eventual nominee to the high court, the president made mention of the “awfully good candidate” he would soon name.

“The person that I will be putting up — and I won’t say that I’ve even chosen that person yet; I could say any one of the five,” Trump said, according to a White House transcript. “They’re outstanding women.”

He went on: “But the person I’ll be putting up is highly qualified, totally brilliant, top-of-the-line academic student, the highest credentials. All of them have that, but the highest credentials. And you’ll see on Saturday who that is.”

Indeed, it seems Trump can’t go wrong with any of the names on his shortlist. But of the bunch, Barrett is one of the stronger choices, especially given her strong Catholic faith, her staunch pro-life stance, and her work as a clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia and view of him as a mentor and model. Only time will tell if she gets the nod.

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