Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett as the newest Supreme Court justice, replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this Saturday, national sources are reporting.

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CNN reported that Barret has been the leading choice throughout the week, and is the only potential nominee known to have met the president in person.

Gov Mike DeWine issued a statement on the nomination.

“As President of the United States, President Trump has the constitutional obligation to put forward a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, and I applaud his selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is both highly qualified and highly respected. In addition to her distinguished judicial career, Judge Coney Barrett is a mother of seven, a constitutional scholar, and an esteemed law professor," he said. “Judge Coney Barrett’s prior writings and judicial opinions show that she will interpret the law fairly and impartially, and I urge the U.S. Senate to act quickly to confirm her nomination.”

The Associated Press reported that conservative groups and congressional allies were laying the groundwork for a swift confirmation, with confirmation hearings expected in two weeks and a vote in the full chamber expected before Election Day.

Barrett’s confirmation would make for a sharp ideological swing, the AP pointed out, from liberal icon Ginsberg to a potentially equally outspoken conservative. CBS pointed out that it would also mark the president’s third Supreme Court appointment and make Barrett the fifth woman to serve on the court.

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