Late Saturday afternoon, President Trump formally announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a U.S. Circuit Judge, to replace the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
President Trump started off with a brief tribute to Justice Ginsberg and followed by saying, “Now we gather in the Rose Garden to continue our never-ending task of ensuring justice and preserving the impartial rule of law.” The President proceeded to introduce Judge Coney Barrett and gave a brief overview of her life and legislative career. He remarked that she is “eminently qualified” and that he wanted her hearing to be “respectful and dignified”. He also implored the media and those in Congress to “refrain from personal or partisan attacks” against the Judge.
President Trump then gave the floor to Coney Barrett who spoke briefly on Justice Ginsberg, her connection to the late Justice Antonin Scalia and their similar judicial philosophy, and the joy her family brings her and the gratefulness she has for them. She closed by remarking on how if she is confirmed she will “discharge the judicial oath, which requires me to administer justice without respect to persons…and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Constitution…” and that she was looking forward to the confirmation process.
Judge Coney Barrett grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Rhodes College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She proceeded to attend Notre Dame University for law school, where she earned her Juris Doctorate, along with being the first in her class.
After graduating, she became a clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and then clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court.
She returned to her Alma Mater, Notre Dame Law School in 2002 as a professor, where she taught various courses including Constitutional Law.
In 2017, she was nominated to the federal bench and now serves as a U.S. Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She has ruled on a variety of issues ranging from 2nd Amendment rights for nonviolent offenders to violation of the rights of the accused to qualified immunity for law enforcement.
Judge Coney Barrett is a devout Catholic, mother of seven children, and wife to Jesse. She and her husband have adopted two children from Haiti, and their youngest son has special needs.
Republicans are praising the President’s decision; they believe Coney Barrett will interpret the Constitution as the Founders did. She stated that her views are similar to Scalia’s, who is viewed as a Textualist or Originalist. Coney Barrett summarized her view that “a judge must apply the law as written.”
President Trump also remarked yesterday, that she is the best choice to “maintain our priceless heritage of a nation of laws” in order “to maintain security, liberty, and prosperity.” However, Democrats say that she will effectively get rid of healthcare and abortion “rights.”
When Judge Coney Barrett was nominated to serve as a federal judge, every clerk she served with endorsed her, no matter their political beliefs or ideology. She was also endorsed by the Faculty of Notre Dame and many of her former students.
The next step of the nomination process will require the Senate to vote on whether to confirm Judge Barrett as the next Supreme Court Justice. Although Democrats have expressed outrage over the President nominating anyone before the election, and it appears two Republican Senators will not vote to confirm her, Amy Coney Barrett will still very likely obtain the votes needed before election day.
The Republicans have a 53 member majority, and, even if 3 senators voted against confirmation, Vice President Pence would be the tie-breaker.
The Senate Confirmation Process is slated to begin soon as the GOP aims to confirm her before the 2020 Presidential Election.
If confirmed, Amy Coney Barrett will become only the Fifth female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and the first mother with school-age children to serve on the Court.
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