Washington, September 27
US President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy following the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Barrett, 48, is currently a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, for which she was nominated by Trump in 2017.
- Judge Amy Coney Barrett Barrett is the youngest Supreme Court nominee since conservative Clarence Thomas was 43 in 1991.
- She would become the fifth woman ever to serve on the court and would push its conservative majority to a commanding 6-3.
“Today it is my honour to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution, Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” Trump announced in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday.
Barrett, who lives in Indiana with her husband and their seven children, needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
Will do my best
I fully understand that this is a momentous decision for a president. And if the Senate does the honour of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability. I love the United States, and I love the United States Constitution. —Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Justifying the nomination, less than 40 days before the crucial presidential election on November 3, Trump said this is his highest and most important duties under the United States Constitution.
With Judge Barrett, Trump has nominated three judges on the none-member bench of the US Supreme Court. The other two being justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
A graduate of Rhodes College and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Professor Barrett is a woman of remarkable intellect and character, Trump said. “She is eminently qualified for the job.” Trump said Barrett will decide cases based on the text of the Constitution as written. — PTI