Amy Coney Barrett has emerged as President Donald Trump's first choice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the country's highest court.
Trump met with Barrett, a Seventh Circle judge and mother of seven who adopted two children from Haiti, at the White House on Monday after announcing he was reviewing four or five women on Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat.
Bloomberg reported that the president is leaning towards Barrett for the nomination, but also plans to meet with another candidate, Barbara Lagoa, sometime this week.
Sources told the outlet that Lagoa, a U.S. appeals court judge for the 11th Circuit and former Florida Supreme Court judge, is the only other person seriously considered for the job but she is a "distant one." Second "according to Barrett.
The news of the tightening of the nomination race came as Iowa Republicans Sen Chuck Grassley completed a key vote announcing that he would support another pre-election confirmation hearing.
It has been speculated that Grassley, the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, might attempt to block the nomination process after previously speaking out against filling positions on the Supreme Court during an election year.
Trump said Monday that he would wait until Friday or Saturday to announce his nomination – after Ginsburg's memorial service is over.
"I think it will be Friday or Saturday," Trump said of the upcoming announcement of his third Supreme Court nomination. “And we want to show respect. It looks like we will probably have services on Thursday or Friday as I understand it. & # 39;
"I think we should, with all due respect, wait for Justice Ginsburg's services to end," he told the Fox & Friends panel during a call-in interview Monday morning. "And so we'll probably look to Friday or maybe Saturday."
Judge Amy Coney Barrett (left) made President Donald Trump's first choice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the country's highest court, sources say – and Barbara Lagoa (right) is a "distant second."
Trump reportedly met with Barrett on Monday and plans to meet with Lagoa this week
Trump spoke to reporters before leaving the White House on Monday and urged the Senate to vote on the nomination before the election. He claimed there was "enough time" to get someone through the process before election day on November 3rd.
"I would much rather vote before the election because there is still a lot to be done," said the president. “We have a lot of time for it. I mean, there is really a lot of time. So let's say I make the announcement on Saturday that there's plenty of time before the elections. That’s up to Mitch in the Senate. I think it sends a good signal. And it's solidarity … I'm just making my constitutional obligation. & # 39;
News of the tightening of the nomination race came as Iowa Republicans Sen Chuck Grassley completed a key vote announcing that he would support another pre-election confirmation hearing
The Republican Senate blocked then-President Barack Obama's appointment to the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in March 2016, eight months before the election.
At the same time, the president signaled "respect" for the late justice system and questioned her "dying wish" that she should not be replaced by a Trump candidate.
He doubted Ginsburg's dying desire for the next president to replace her in the Supreme Court, claiming it was actually written by a Democrat.
Trump said it was actually the Senate Democratic chairman Chuck Schumer, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, or the secret service chairman Adam Schiff who were behind the judiciary's final appeal.
There is no evidence that this claim is valid, and Trump has offered no explanation.
"I don't know if she said that or if it was written by Adam Schiff, Schumer and Pelosi," Trump said during his Fox & Friends interview.
& # 39; I would be more inclined to the second, it sounds so nice. But that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe a Pelosi or a seedy ship. So that it came out of the wind. Just take a look. I mean, maybe she did and maybe she didn't, ”he added.
Ginsburg's granddaughter Clara Spera said liberal justice dictated a dying wish to her in her final days.
"My dearest wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," she said.
Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One on South Lawn Monday, "It just sounds to me like someone else. I don't think so – it could be, it could be, and it couldn't be.
"It was just too comfortable," he added.
Trump told Fox & Friends Monday morning that he would announce his election to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday or Saturday, claiming he wanted to "respect" her by waiting for the announcement until after her funeral
Trump said he was seriously considering five or four different people for the job, as one person familiar with the process said the White House had narrowed him down to four women – Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa, Kate Todd and Allison Jones Rushing
Democrats have used Ginsburg's words and the actions of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2016 – when he withheld Obama's candidates until the election decision – as an argument for the November contest winner to nominate Ginsburg's successor.
Trump also slammed House spokeswoman Pelosi on Monday, calling her "crazy" after she refused to dismiss charges against him in a move that could stall a Supreme Court confirmatory process.
Trump blew up the idea – which has some political risks and practical flaws – when he defended his infamous July 25, 2019 appeal with the President of Ukraine, the subject of the democratic impeachment effort, as "perfect".
& # 39; @SenateGOP Mad Nancy Pelosi wants to indict me if I meet my constitutional obligation to stand for the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court. This would be a FIRST, even crazier charge than being charged for making a perfect call to the Ukrainian President, "Trump tweeted Monday morning.
The attack came hours after Pelosi refused to rule out impeachment on Sunday because one of the Democrats' "options" could be used to try to prevent a vote on the judiciary vacancy.
& # 39; We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I'm not going to talk about right now, but the fact is that we have a great challenge in our country, ”she told ABC's“ This Week, ”when asked about the view.
"This president threatened not even to accept the election results," continued Pelosi. "Our main goal would be to protect the integrity of the elections while protecting people from the coronavirus."
Trump also attacked House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi as "insane" on Monday after she refused to dismiss charges against him in a move that could halt a confirmatory process by the Supreme Court
& # 39; We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I'm not going to talk about right now, but the fact is that we have a great challenge in our country, ”said House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, who was asked if she could use impeachment as a tactic to slow down a Supreme Court nomination
Ginsburg, affectionately known as the RBG, died late last week at the age of 87 of the aftermath of her ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer.
She will be honored later this week during a tour of the Supreme Court building under the guidelines of the pandemic.
The late Justice will be in the state this week as her coffin will be on public display Wednesday and Thursday in the Supreme Court building and Friday in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Private ceremonies are also held at both locations.
Pelosi announced on Monday that the solemn ceremony at the Capitol on Friday morning will only be by invitation due to the COVID pandemic.
It is unclear whether Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden will show their respect, and if so, when.
Ginsburg will be buried in a private service at Arlington National Cemetery next week, the court said in a statement. Her husband Martin Ginsburg was buried in Arlington in 2010.
Protesters gathered outside the home of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in Washington DC on Monday morning. The crowd appeared after Graham said he would support Trump's election for the open seat of the Supreme Court
The president told the Fox News Morning Show panel that he had narrowed his list of potential candidates to five different people.
"I see five, probably four, but I see five very seriously," Trump said.
“I'll make a decision either on Friday or Saturday. I'll announce it either Friday or Saturday and then work will start, ”he continued. “Hopefully it won't be too much work because they are very skilled people. No matter how you would see it, these are the best people in the nation. Young people. Pretty young for the most part. & # 39;
Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court candidates
The president signaled an impending announcement following Ginsburg's death last week, claiming it was his "obligation" to appoint a new judiciary "immediately".
After Ginsburg's death, only two of the remaining eight judges are women, leading Trump to promise over the weekend that he will nominate a woman.
According to Politico – Barrett, Lagoa, Kate Todd and Allison Jones Rushing, four women made the shortlist, a source with knowledge of the process.
Barrett is 48, Lagoa is 52, Rushing is 38, and Todd is 45. If either of these women is nominated and confirmed, they will be the youngest currently sitting on the Supreme Court.
"They are the brightest people, the brightest young people, you like to be young because they have been around for a long time," Trump told Fox & Friends.
He added that his candidate would "be constitutional", be a "good person" and have "very, very high moral values".
Trump said Saturday that his nomination for the seat of the open Supreme Court "will be a very talented, very brilliant woman."
"I like women more than men," he continued during a rally in North Carolina over the weekend.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known as the RBG, died last week at the age of 87 of the aftermath of an ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer. She will be honored later this week during an outdoor tour near the Supreme Court building
The swift and imminent appointment of the president will be in the hope of putting pressure on the Senate to ratify its decision before voters are given a chance to opt for a second term.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell has vowed to hold confirmation hearings and vote on Trump's nomination.
The Kentucky Senator has also campaigned for the Republicans on the fence to be nominated to join the majority of the GOP – which intends to uphold Trump's decision.
Iowa Sen Grassley agreed with the chair on Monday, saying, "Once the hearings begin, it is my responsibility to evaluate the candidate on the matter, as I always have.
"The Constitution gives the Senate that authority, and the votes of the American people in the last election couldn't be clearer," Grassley added.
Grassley was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee when the Republicans blocked Obama's 2016 election when he and McConnell argued that it was best to let voters decide who should occupy the Supreme Court seat.
The senator maintained that stance later this summer, telling reporters that if he were chairman now, he would still hold that position.
Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander backed McConnell on Sunday in a statement saying that "no one should be surprised by a new appointment in an election year" and that voters "expect" it.
The news came as a blow to the Democrats as the retired senator was seen as a potential swing vote against McConnell and Trump's plans to rush to court trial.
The nomination will come just six weeks before the election and has sparked heated debate. Many Democrats – like some Republicans – insist that the seat be occupied after the election.
The crux of the debate revolves around the Republican move in 2016 – led by McConnell – to prevent Obama from appointing a new judiciary to the court nine months before the election.
Her argument at the time was that the position should not be filled until a new president is elected by the American people – a standard set by the Republicans that the Democrats now argue that the party must continue to honor.
Protesters also bullied Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville home on Saturday when the Kentucky Senator said he would put a vote to the Senate to confirm Trump's SCOTUS election
Four GOP Senators must join the Democrats to halt a future Supreme Court nomination.
Protesters bullyed McConnell's Louisville home on Saturday, urging the leader to work against the upcoming presidential nomination and not to allow a vote.
And early Monday morning, protesters also gathered outside the home of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in Washington, DC.
"We can't sleep, and neither can Lindsey," read a banner held by several demonstrators.
"We're wide awake," said another sign.
Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and will oversee the confirmatory hearing for anyone nominated for the open seat of the Supreme Court.
Alexander released a statement accompanying his decision, claiming, "No one should be surprised that a Senate Republican majority would vote on the Supreme Court nomination for a Republican president even during a presidential election year."
The constitution gives senators the power to do this. The voters who voted them expect it. & # 39;
Alexander, who is retiring at the end of his current term, said the Democrats would also hurry to occupy the seat "if the shoe were on the other foot".
"Senator McConnell is only doing what the Democratic leaders said if the shoe were on the other foot," he said.
I voted to confirm Judges (John) Roberts, (Samuel) Alito, (Sonia) Sotomayor, (Neil) Gorsuch and (Brett) Kavanaugh because of their intelligence, character and temperament.
"I will apply the same standard when considering President Trump's nomination to succeed Justice Ginsburg."
The Senator has a history of bipartisanship as he has worked closely with Democratic minority leader Schumer in the past to help the Senate approve presidential candidates.
He had also been viewed by Democrats as a swing vote during the impeachment trial of Trump, one of the few GOP senators who suggested they might vote to hear from witnesses who are aware of Trump's behavior towards Ukraine.
However, Alexander also disappointed the Democrats in this case by ruling against the calling of witnesses and describing the process as "partisan impeachment".
Mitch McConnell suspended GOP rep Lamar Alexander's key vote for his fight in the Supreme Court. The Tennessee Senator backed McConnell in a statement Sunday, saying that "no one should be surprised by a new appointment in an election year" and that voters "expect" it.
Two GOP senators – Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – already disagreed on the Supreme Court vote and vowed to derail Trump's nomination plans until after the November 3 election.
Murkowski was the second Republican Senator on Sunday to say the chamber shouldn't take over the president's candidate until the American people vote for their next president, hours after Trump publicly shadowed them and after her colleague and frequent contributor Collins her own opposition against a quick vote known.
"I've been saying for weeks that I would not support accepting a potential Supreme Court position so close to the election," said the Alaska Senator.
"Unfortunately, what was hypothetical then was now our reality, but my position has not changed," she continued.
& # 39; I did not support accepting a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the post created by the death of Justice Scalia.
"We're even closer to the 2020 elections now – less than two months later – and I believe the same standard needs to apply."
Murkowski, in her statement, referred to the appointment of Judge Merrick Garland, who, despite Barack Obama's nomination of Garland, never received a hearing nine months before the 2016 election.
Two GOP senators – Lisa Murkowski (left) and Susan Collins (right) – have already disagreed and promised to derail Trump's nomination plans until after the November 3rd elections
WHO'S WHO ON TRUMP'S SUPREME COURT SHORTLIST?
Ted Cruz, Texas. 49
Josh Hawley, Missouri. 40
Tom Cotton, Arkansas. 43
Bridget Bade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 54
Stuart Kyle Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 48
James Ho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 47
Gregory Katsas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 56
Barbara Lagoa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 52
Carlos Muñiz, Florida Supreme Court. 51
Martha Pacold, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 41
Peter Phipps, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 47
Sarah Pitlyk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. 43
Allison Jones Rushing, U.S. Court of Appeals for the fourth circuit. 38
Lawrence VanDyke, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 47
CURRENT AND FORMER REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS
Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Attorney General. 34
Paul Clement, partner at Kirkland & Ellis, former attorney general. 54
Steven Engel, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Legal Department. 46
Noel Francisco, former US attorney general. 51
Christopher Landau, US Ambassador to Mexico. 56
Kate Todd, White House Assistant Attorney. 45
Trump slapped Murkowski hours before she released the statement on Sunday morning as he continued his pressure campaign on his own party and prepared to nominate a Supreme Court judge for an election.
The President kept his comments short and wrote a simple "No thanks!" when he retweeted a promotion of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce speech by Murkowski for Tuesday.
Murkowski voted against Trump's final Supreme Court election – Judge Brett Kavanaugh. More critical of the current scramble were statements she made shortly before the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I wouldn't vote to confirm a candidate for the Supreme Court. We are 50 years old a few days before an election, ”Alaska Public Radio reported.
She referred to the decision of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not to give Garland a hearing in 2016 almost nine months before the election.
"It was too close to an election and the people had to choose," said Murkowski.
"The closer you get to an election, the more important this argument becomes."
Maine Senator Susan Collins, with whom Murkowski often votes when she deviates from party orthodoxy, made her own statement on Saturday.
"To do justice to the American people, who will either re-elect the president or elect a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president, who will be elected November 3rd," said Collins of a tough re-election race himself said on Twitter.
Collins is in a close race for re-election.
The two dissidents still left the Democrats ahead of the number of four required to derail a nomination, but point out the possibility they could prevent it from doing so by attracting an extra pair of Republicans.
With Alexander no longer a possible dissident, the focus has shifted to Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who votes with Conservatives but has also voted for an impeachment article against Trump and occasionally called him publicly.
The Democrats have suggested several other options for stopping or counteracting Trump by appointing Ginsburg's successor.
Several, including Rep. Joe Kennedy III, have threatened to grab the Supreme Court if they win the Senate in November, and Republicans have already got a Conservative successor to Ginsburg.
President Trump said on Saturday his Supreme Court candidate was most likely a woman. On Sunday, he tweeted about Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski
President Donald Trump tweeted an excavation on GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski who, before Ginsburg's death, said she would not vote for a replacement shortly before the election
What is court packaging?
Court wrapping is the step of appointing additional judges to the Supreme Court.
It's a move several Democrats have suggested if the party take control of the Senate to increase the presence of Liberal judges on the bench.
Franklin D. Roosevelt made attempts to grab the court in 1937 when the Republican president wanted to pass his New Deal laws and needed more conservative judges in court to vote for them.
Roosevelt's attempts failed and he was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for the move.
However, Democrats argue that court wrapping will be necessary to rebalance the court unless President Trump waits until after the presidential inauguration to appoint Judge Ginsburg's successor.
It is controversial that the Republicans banned President Obama from appointing a judiciary in the 2016 election year.
Many Democrats say this meant the seat – which was eventually occupied by a Trump candidate after entering the White House – was "stolen" by Republicans. If Republicans do the exact same thing now, they will forbid Democrats from doing so in 2016 by rushing through an appointment. Democrats then have the right to rebalance the court.
Joe Kennedy III, who represents the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts and is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, tweeted on Sunday, "If he votes in 2020, we'll get the court in 2021. It's that simple."
House Justice Chairman Jerry Nadler wrote on Twitter: “If Senator McConnell and @SenateGOP were to push a candidate through during the Lame Duck session, before a new Senate and President can take office, the new Senate should immediately expand the Supreme Court. & # 39;
Packing in court is a controversial move, but Democrats argue that if Trump doesn't wait until after the president's inauguration, it will be necessary to realign the court to appoint Ginsburg's successor.
Weitere Optionen auf dem Tisch sind die Verfolgung von Amtsenthebungsverfahren, was Pelosi in einem Interview am Samstag nicht ausschließen würde.
'Wir haben unsere Möglichkeiten. Wir haben Pfeile in unserem Köcher, über die ich gerade nicht sprechen werde, aber Tatsache ist, dass wir in unserem Land eine große Herausforderung haben “, sagte sie zu ABCs„ Diese Woche “, als sie nach der Aussicht gefragt wurde.
"Dieser Präsident hat gedroht, die Wahlergebnisse nicht einmal zu akzeptieren", fuhr Pelosi fort.
"Unser Hauptziel wäre es, die Integrität der Wahlen zu schützen, während wir die Menschen vor dem Coronavirus schützen."
AOC wiederholte die Möglichkeit, auf einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz mit Schumer Sunday Anklage wegen Amtsenthebung zu erheben, und sagte, es habe unter Trumps Beobachtung "eine enorme Menge an Gesetzesverstößen" gegeben und Barr als "nicht für das Amt geeignet" eingestuft.
"Ich glaube, dass es in der Trump-Regierung mit Sicherheit eine enorme Anzahl von Gesetzesverstößen gegeben hat", sagte sie, als sie nach der Amtsenthebung gefragt wurde.
"Ich glaube, Generalstaatsanwalt Bill Barr ist nicht für ein Amt geeignet und hat potenziell gesetzeswidrige Verhaltensweisen verfolgt."
Sie sagte, Amerika müsse "jedes uns zur Verfügung stehende Werkzeug verwenden" und sich "beispiellosen Wegen" zuwenden, um den Termin zu blockieren, und das bedeutet, alle Optionen "auf den Tisch" zu legen.
"Ich glaube, wir müssen auch noch einmal alle uns zur Verfügung stehenden Werkzeuge in Betracht ziehen, und all diese Optionen sollten unterhalten und auf dem Tisch liegen", sagte sie.
Zwei weitere hochrangige Republikaner, Roy Blunt aus Missouri und Rob Portman aus Ohio, unterstützten McConnell in öffentlichen Erklärungen am Sonntag.
Der konservative Trump-Loyalist Senator Tom Cotton sagte gegenüber "Fox News Sunday", der Präsident solle "unverzüglich" handeln.
"Der Senat wird unsere verfassungsmäßige Pflicht ausüben", sagte er. "Wir werden unverzüglich vorankommen."
Trumps öffentlicher Druck kommt Stunden, nachdem er bei einer Wahlkampfveranstaltung gesagt hat, er werde schnell handeln, um eine Nominierung zu machen.
"Ich werde diese Woche einen Kandidaten vorschlagen", sagte er bei einer Wahlkampfveranstaltung in North Carolina
"Es wird eine Frau sein", fügte Trump hinzu.
Die Nominierung würde scheitern, wenn die Republikaner vier Mitglieder aus ihrer 53-Stimmen-Mehrheit verlieren würden.
Der republikanische Senator von Texas, Ted Cruz, drängte den Senat am Sonntag, vor der Wahl über eine Nominierung abzustimmen, würde aber sagen, dass seine Partei die Stimmen hat.
„Ich weiß die Antwort darauf nicht. Ich glaube, wir werden es tun «, sagte er.
Bevor er das Weiße Haus für die Kundgebung verließ, hatte Trump zwei konservative Frauen benannt, die er als Anwärter zu Bundesberufungsgerichten erhoben hatte, ein Schritt, der das Gericht weiter nach rechts kippen würde.
Trump, der nun die Chance hat, einen dritten Richter für eine lebenslange Ernennung auf dem Platz zu nominieren, genannt Barret vom 7. Circuit in Chicago und Lagoa vom 11. Circuit in Atlanta als mögliche Kandidaten.
Er lobte insbesondere Lagoa als "außergewöhnliche Person".
GOP-Senator Tom Tillis (Mitte) hält ein Schild, als Präsident Donald Trump bei einer Kundgebung am Samstag, dem 19. September, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, spricht
Damit es keine Fragen zu den politischen Implikationen gibt, wird Trump voraussichtlich in wenigen Tagen seine Wahl treffen. Diejenigen, die dem Präsidenten nahe stehen, ermutigen ihn, seine Wahl vor der ersten Präsidentendebatte gegen den demokratischen Herausforderer Joe Biden am 29. September bekannt zu geben.
Biden sagte, der Gewinner der Novemberwahlen sollte die nächste Gerechtigkeit wählen. Bidens Team ist skeptisch, dass der Zusammenstoß am Obersten Gerichtshof die Konturen eines Rennens, das Trump so kurz vor dem Wahltag hatte, grundlegend verändern wird. In der Tat stimmen bereits fünf Staaten ab.
Tatsächlich sagen Demokraten, es könnte die Wähler motivieren, härter gegen Trump und die Republikaner zu kämpfen, da der Senat die Normen mit einer beispiellosen Bestätigung zu einer Zeit bricht, in der die Amerikaner entscheidende Wahlen beschließen.
"Alles, was die Amerikaner wertschätzen, steht auf dem Spiel", sagte Chuck Schumer, demokratischer Senatsvorsitzender, in einer Telefonkonferenz am Samstag gegenüber anderen demokratischen Senatoren. Dies ergab eine Person, die nicht befugt war, die private Telefonkonferenz öffentlich zu diskutieren, und unter der Bedingung der Anonymität sprach.
Biden plant laut einem Top-Berater nicht, eine vollständige Liste potenzieller Gerichtskandidaten zu veröffentlichen, da dies den Prozess weiter politisieren würde. Der Adjutant war nicht befugt, private Beratungen öffentlich zu erörtern, und sprach unter der Bedingung der Anonymität.
Biden's team suggests that the court fight will heighten the focus on issues that were already at stake in the election: health care, environmental protections, gender equity and abortion.
Who is Amy Coney Barrett?
On Saturday afternoon, Trump named Amy Coney Barrett, 48, of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa, 52, of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees.
Emerging as the favorite is Barrett, 48, a mother of seven children, including two adopted from Haiti and one with special needs.
Her involvement in a cult-like Catholic group where members are assigned a 'handmaiden' has caused concern in Barret's nomination to other courts and is set to come under fierce review again if she is Trump's pick.
The group was the one which helped inspire 'The Handmaids Tale', book's author Margaret Atwood has said.
Barrett emerges now as a front runner after she was already shortlisted for the nomination in 2018 which eventually went to Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump called the judge on the federal appeals court "very highly regarded" when questioned about her Saturday.
Born in New Orleans in 1972, she was the first and only woman to hold a seat in Indiana on the Seventh Court of Appeal.
Married to Jesse M. Barrett, a partner at SouthBank Legal in South Bend and former Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, the couple have five biological and two adopted children.
Their youngest biological child has Down Syndrome.
Friends say she is a devoted mother – and say with just an hour to go until she was voted into the 7th District Court of Appeals by the U.S. Senate in 2017, Barrett was outside trick-or-treating with her kids.
Barrett's strong Christian ideology makes her a favorite of the right but her involvement in a religious group sometimes branded as a 'cult' is set to be harshly criticized.
In 2017, her membership of the small, close-knit Christian group People of Praise caused concern when she was nominated for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
The New York Times reported that the practices of the group would surprise even other Catholics with members of the group swearing a lifelong oath of loyalty, called a covenant, to one another.
They are also assigned and held accountable to a personal adviser, known until recently as a 'head' for men and a 'handmaid' for women and believe in prophecy, speaking in tongues and divine healings.
Members are also encouraged to confess personal sins, financial information and other sensitive disclosures to these advisors.
Advisors are allowed to report these admissions to group leadership if necessary, according to an account of one former member.
The organization itself says the term "handmaid" was a reference to the description of Jesus' mother Mary as "the Lord's handmaid".
They said that they recently stopped using the term due to cultural changes and are now using the name "female leaders."
The group deems that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family while 'the heads and handmaids give direction on important decisions, including whom to date or marry, where to live, whether to take a job or buy a home, and how to raise children,' the Times reported.
Unmarried members are placed living with married couples members often look to buy or rent homes near other members.
Founded in 1971, People of Praise was part of the era's 'great emergence of lay ministries and lay movements in the Catholic Church,' founder Bishop Peter Smith told the Catholic News Agency.
Beginning with just 29 members, it now has an estimated 2,000.
According to CNA, some former members of the People of Praise allege that leaders exerted undue influence over family decision-making, or pressured the children of members to commit to the group.
At least 10 members of Barrett's family, including their children, are also in the group.
Barrett's father, Mike Coney, is a member of the People of Praise's powerful eleven-member board of governors, known as the group's "highest authority".
Her mother Linda served as a handmaiden.
The group's ultra-conservative religious tenets helped spur author Margaret Atwood to publish The Handmaid's Tale, a story about a religious takeover of the U.S. government, according to a 1986 interview with the writer.
The book has since been made into a hit TV series.
According to legal experts, oaths of loyalty such as the one Barrett would have given People of Praise could raise legitimate questions about the independence and impartiality of a nominee.
"These groups can get so exciting that it can be difficult for a person to exercise individual judgment," said Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of constitutional law and history at the University of Pennsylvania.
"I don't think it is discriminatory or religiously hostile to want to know more about your relationship with the group."
'We don't try to control people,' said Craig S. Lent. 'And there's never any guarantee that the leader is always right. You have to discern and act in the Lord.
'If and when members hold political offices, or judicial offices, or administrative offices, we would certainly not tell them how to discharge their responsibilities.'
During her professional career, Barrett spent two decades as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, from which she earned her bachelor's and law degrees.
She was named Distinguished Professor of the Year for three years, a title set by the students.
As a former clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, she was nominated by Trump as a member of the 7th Court of Appeals in 2017 and later that year confirmed by the Senate with 55 votes to 43.
At the time, three Democratic senators supported her nomination: Joe Donnelly (Ind.), who subsequently lost his 2018 reelection bid, Tim Kaine (Va.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.), according to the Hill.
She was backed by every GOP senator at the time, but she did not disclose her relationship with People of Praise which led to later criticism of her appointment.
Barret is well-regarded by the religious right because of this devout faith.
However, these beliefs are sure to cause problems with their conformation and are in conflict with the Ginsburg beliefs that they would replace.
Axios reported in 2019 that Trump aides said he would "save" Barrett to replace Ginsburg.
Her deep Catholic faith was cited as a major disadvantage by the Democrats during their 2017 retrial for a seat in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
"If you ask whether I take my faith seriously and am a devoted Catholic, I am," Barrett replied during that hearing, "although I would like to stress that my personal church affiliation or religious belief would not affect the dismissal." my duties as a judge. & # 39;
Republicans now believe she did well in her defense during that hearing, so she may be able to do the same when faced with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
She is a former member of the "Faculty of Life" of Notre Dame and in 2015 signed a letter to the Catholic Church affirming the "teachings of the Church as truth".
These teachings included the "value of human life from conception to natural death" and the values of marriage and the family based on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman.
She previously wrote that Supreme Court precedents are not sacrosanct. The Liberals have viewed these comments as a threat to Roe v. Wade of 1973, which legalized abortion nationwide.
Barrett wrote that she "agrees with those who say that there is a judicial duty to the Constitution and that it is therefore more legitimate for them to enforce their best understanding of the Constitution than a precedent which they clearly see in conflict with it" .
Other statements of concern for Liberals include their statement that ObamaCare's birth control mandate is "a grave violation of religious freedom."
LGBTQ organizations also voiced their concern about her when she was first named on the shortlist.
She has also sided with Trump on immigration.
In a case from June 2020, IndyStar reports that she was the sole voice on a three-judge panel that supported allowing federal enforcement of Trump's public charge immigration law in Illinois,
Das Gesetz hätte verhindert, dass Einwanderer einen legalen Wohnsitz in den Vereinigten Staaten erhalten, wenn sie auf öffentliche Leistungen wie Lebensmittelmarken oder Wohngutscheine angewiesen wären.
Who is Barbara Lagoa?
Barbara Lagoa , 52, was named by Trump as one of his potential nominees to the Supreme Court.
Lagoa, a Cuban American whose parents fled to the United States, was born in Miami in 1967. She grew up in the largely Cuban-American city of Hialeah.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, her parents fled Cuba over five decades ago when the communist dictatorship of Fidel Castro took power.
During the 2019 news conference in Miami announcing her appointment to the Supreme Court, she told the crowd that her father had to give up his 'dream of becoming a lawyer' because of Castro.
If nominated to the nation's high court by Trump and confirmed by the Senate, the mother of three daughters would be the second Latino justice to ever serve.
She served on the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals for less than a year after being appointed by Trump and upheld by the Senate with 80-15 votes
Prior to this, she served in her previous position as the first Latina and Cuban American woman on the Florida Supreme Court for less than a year.
Lagoa is considered the protégé of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a close ally of Trump.
Your position in the decisive swing state of Florida could help Trump politically.
Last week she voted in a ruling that left hundreds of thousands of Florida offenders who have served their time from voting unless they pay fees and fines owed to the state.
Diese Entscheidung könnte einen großen Einfluss auf das Präsidentenrennen haben, da Florida oft von einem Kandidaten nur mit hauchdünnen Rändern gewonnen wird.
"Florida's re-enfranchisement program for offenders is constitutional," wrote Lagoa in a 20-page correspondence, according to USA Today.
"It is up to Florida citizens and their elected lawmakers, not federal judges, to make additional changes to it."
In 2000, Lagoa was one of a dozen mostly honorary attorneys who represented the Miami family of Elián González, a Cuban national embroiled in a heated international custody and immigration controversy.
In 2016 while in the Florida Third District Court of Appeal, she wrote an opinion reversing the conviction of Adonis Losada, a former Univision comic actor sentenced to 153 years in prison for collecting child porn.
She ruled that a Miami-Dade judge wrongly refused to allow Losada to defend himself in court.
That same month, she became unpopular with free press advocates when she was one of three judges to allow a Miami judge to close a courtroom to the public for an important hearing in a high-profile murder case.
They ruled that public relations related to the machete murder of a student in Homestead could unfairly influence the jury at a future trial.
Lagoa is a graduate of Florida International University and Columbia University Law.
She is a member of the conservative Federal Society, which insists that judges "should say what the law is, not what it should be".
She is married to attorney Paul C. Huck Jr. and her father-in-law is US District Judge Paul Huck.
WHO IS ALLISON JONES RUSHING?
At 38-years-old, Judge Allison Jones Rushing is the youngest woman Trump is considering to become a Supreme Court Justice.
The only other potential nominee younger than Rushing is Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is 34. But President Donald Trump vowed to nominate a woman to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat, meaning Rushing is effectively the youngest potential nominee.
Trump told Fox & Friends he want to nominate someone young 'because they're there for a long time.'
Rushing in from North Carolina and graduated magna cum laude Duke University School if Law in 2007, where she served as executive editor of the Duke Law Journal.
She formerly worked at Williams and Connolly and now serves as judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District.
She clerked from 2007-2008 for then-Judge Neil Gorsuch, who went on to become a Supreme Court Justice by Trump's nomination. And also clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas during the 2010–2011 term.
In March 2019, Rushing was confirmed as a federal judge after being nominated by Trump.
During the confirmation proceedings, Rushing was asked about her ties to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) – which is a conservative Christian group she interned for in 2005 while in law school.
ADF has received harsh criticism for opposing LGBT rights and had been labeled a 'hate group' by some. But Rushing said 'Hate is wrong, and it should have no place in our society. In my experience with ADF, I have not witnessed anyone expressing or advocating hate.'
WHO IS KATE TODD?
Donald Trump listed former White House Associate Counsel Kate Todd, 45, as one of his potential nominees for the open Supreme Court seat.
Todd currently teaches law of federal courts at George Washington University Law School and serves as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States.
She is also a contributor for the Federalist Society, where a group of conservatives and libertarians advocates for an originalist interpretation of the Constitution
Following the president's vow over the weekend to nominate a female for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat, a person familiar with the process said the White House has included Todd on a list of top four picks.
While serving in the White House, Todd helped vet federal judges for nomination and advised the president and his staff on a wide range of legal and constitutional issues.
Todd graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was also executive editor of the Harvard Law Review.
She clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas – who was nominated by George H.W. Bush and is currently the only black Supreme Court Justice – and for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Kate Comerford Todd is the former senior vice president and chief counsel for the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center – the litigation arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
She also was a partner in the appellate, litigation, and communications practices of Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington D.C. where she represented businesses in federal and state litigation and regulatory matters.
Todd lives in Virginia with her husband and their four children.
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