President Trump Selects Amy Coney Barrett As Supreme Court Nominee | NBC Nightly News
Trump counts on &# 171; simple and fast&# 187; Barrett’s approval
Senate Democrats insist that candidates for vacant Supreme Court position should be considered after presidential elections
US President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the vacant position of the US Supreme Court Justice following the death of Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Calling Barrett “one of the most brilliant and gifted legal minds in the country,” Trump said she was a “very highly skilled” professional..
The President expressed hope for a “simple and prompt approval” of her candidacy, urging lawmakers and the media to refrain from personal and partisan attacks on Barrett.
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The President said it would be “very difficult” for Democrats to create difficulties for the candidate because of her qualifications.
Polls show that most Americans, like Democratic lawmakers, want the winner of the November presidential election to choose a judge..
When asked by VOA about this, Trump said, “I don’t think they know Amy.”.
“I think everything will be over before the elections,” he added..
Earlier, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters that he was “not sure about the timing”, adding that the timing of the approval “will be discussed by the senators.”.
Speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, the president told jubilant audiences that Barrett “will defend God-given rights and freedoms.”.
If approved, Barrett, 48, will become the youngest judge in the current composition of the Supreme Court..
In a short speech at the White House Rose Garden, Barrett commended Ginsburg for women and court.
“In case of my approval, I will remember who was before me. The United States flag is still flown at half-mast in memory of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recalling the end of the life of the great American woman. Judge Ginsburg began her career when women were not welcomed into the legal profession, but she didn’t just break "glass ceilings", she smashed them to smithereens, ”said Barrett.
Senate is controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, which means Barrett’s approval is likely to take place..
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement on Saturday in which he noted: “President Trump could not have made a better decision. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an extremely impressive lawyer and an extremely qualified candidate for the position of Justice of the US Supreme Court. “.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsay Graham said he “will do everything to ensure that hearings for the candidate are difficult, fair and respectful.”.
Speaking on Fox News on Saturday, Graham said he expects to submit Barrett’s approval to the full Senate by October 26. At the same time, according to him, the date of the vote should be determined by McConnell..
Senate Democrats rushed to voice opposition to Barrett’s nomination and alleged Republican schedule.
“The Senate should not consider a Supreme Court Justice until the American people have their say in November and the next president takes office,” said Diane Feinstein, Senior Democrat on the Legal Committee..
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who once chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Saturday: “Millions of Americans are already voting because their health care hangs in the balance.”.
“For four years, President Trump has been trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have been trying to end this for ten years. The Supreme Court has twice upheld the constitutionality of this law, ”Biden said..
Barrett’s disagreement with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Healthcare Act “is documented,” Biden said..
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to begin hearings on Barrett’s candidacy in the week of Oct. 12, administration officials said. Before that, she must meet with the members of the committee..
If Barrett is approved, the conservative majority in the nine-seat Supreme Court will increase to six..
Barrett is a devout Catholic who is highly popular with conservative evangelical Christians who are probably Trump’s most loyal supporters..
She taught law for 15 years at the University of Notre Dame, one of the most prominent Catholic universities in the United States, before Trump appointed her as an appellate judge in 2017..
Religious conservatives hope Barrett will vote to overturn a landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion rights in the United States. While Barrett has previously criticized the ruling, she said at a 2017 hearing, as confirmed by an appellate judge, that she would view previous Supreme Court decisions as binding precedents..
Asked on Saturday if he would like a conservative court to ban abortion in all 50 states, Trump said he “never discussed it with Amy,” adding that the court itself “would have to make that decision.”.
In 2017, while opposing Barrett’s appointment, Democrats expressed concerns about the role of religion in her life. As an example, they cited her words, spoken at the University of Notre Dame, that “a legal career is just a means to an end, and this goal is to build the Kingdom of God.”.
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Natalka Pisnya (real name and surname). Journalist, specialization – Russian investigation, economics, domestic and international American politics, relations between the United States, Ukraine and Russia. She worked in the Washington bureau of the BBC, headed the American bureau of the Ukrainian television company 1 + 1, covered 2 Ukrainian revolutions, worked in the East of Ukraine, collaborated with Ukrainian television channels TVi, “Channel 5”, ICTV, weekly “Mirror of the Week” and web portal “New time”. Came to journalism in 1997. On "Voice of America" – since 2018.