America waits with bated breath for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and according to multiple reports, the nominee will be Amy Coney Barrett.
The New York Times reported on Friday evening that Trump will make Barrett’s nomination official on Saturday afternoon.
It’s finally happening
Multiple reports claimed that Trump had narrowed his choices down to between Barrett and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa.
However, Trump appears to have settled upon Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, to the delight of his conservative base.
Barrett is a strongly conservative judge, with a strong pro-life record which is a major priority for Trump’s religious conservative base.
Trump is set to make his official choice public in Saturday.
Impending Senate fight
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is preparing the Senate for a swift but likely bitter confirmation battle.
Politico reported on Friday that McConnell, together with Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC), will act quickly to ram the confirmation through the Senate before election day in November.
Graham is reportedly working to “quickly lay out a hearing schedule for October,” and the forthcoming nominee will begin meeting with individual senators within the next week, according to sources on the Hill.
“There’s not much of a margin for error. But we don’t have much error,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.). “We have our [party] meetings and no one has ever gotten up and made the case for why we should do this after the election.”
Democrats have kept the specific plans they’ve laid to oppose the nominee close to the chest, though D.C. legislators are anticipating a bitter fight over a nomination so close to election day.
“There’s going to be plenty of time, plenty of time for both the nominee and the committee for questions, plenty of time to vote. I’m not worried about the timing,” said Judiciary Committee member Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) “I’m obviously not Mitch McConnell, but I think we’ll have a vote before the election.”