President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort.
Barrett, a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, aligned herself with Scalia’s conservative approach to the law, saying his “judicial philosophy is mine, too.”She would be the sixth justice on the nine-member court to be appointed by a Republican president, and the third of Trump’s first term in office.
Republican senators are lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett ahead of the Nov. 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power. Trump, meanwhile, is hoping the nomination will galvanize his supporters as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden.
While Democrats appear powerless to stop Barrett’s confirmation in the GOP-controlled Senate, they are seeking to use the process to weaken Trump’s reelection chances. No Democratic senators are expected to vote to confirm Barrett before the election.
Today on AirTalk, we look at who Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barett is, her judicial record, and what to expect from the Senate confirmation process will look like in the upcoming weeks.
With files from the Associated Press
Brian T. Fitzpatrick, professor of law at Vanderbilt University and former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom Judge Coney Barrett also clerked