Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Barrett, 48, currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a position to which Trump nominated her in 2017.

President Donald Trump arrives with federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit Sept. 26, 2020, to nominate her to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by the Sept. 18 death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

Washington D.C., Sep 26, 2020 / 03:25 pm (CNA).- President Donald Trump officially presented Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court on Saturday, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week.

Trump presented Judge Barrett, a Catholic, September 26, at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden shortly after 5pm.

Presenting Barrett, Trump said the nomination of a Supreme Court justice is one of his “most important duties” as president.

“This is my third such nomination,” Trump said, “and it is a very proud moment indeed.”

“Today it my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds,” Trump said, paying tribute to Barrett as “a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the constitution,” and “eminently qualified” for service on the nation’s highest court.

Speaking after the president, Barrett said she was “deeply honored” at by the nomination and called the moment a “rather overwhelming occasion.”

“I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my abilities,” she promised. “I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court.”

Trump also paid Trump paid tribute to Justice Ginsburg, saying “the nation mourned the loss” of a “legal giant and a pioneer for women.”

Barrett also paid tribute to Ginsburg in her own remarks, noting that the Justice “began her career at time when women were not welcome in the legal profession,” and “smashed glass ceilings” to lead a life of “enormous talent and consequence.”

The judge was presented by the president Saturday evening, where she was joined by members of her family as well as colleagues from the law school at the University of Notre Dame.

Barrett, 48, currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a position to which Trump nominated her in 2017.

It is now expected that the Senate judiciary committee will schedule hearings ahead of a vote on the Senate floor. Republican leaders have indicated that they will move quickly to schedule confirmation hearings before the judiciary committee and bring Barrett’s nomination to a full vote.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week that “the Senate will vote on this nomination this year,” but has not specified if he expects the vote to occur before or after the November election.

Born in New Orleans, the eldest of seven children, Barrett graduated from Rhodes College before receiving a full scholarship to Notre Dame Law School where she graduated first in her class.

Barrett went on to clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, before going into private practice. She returned to Notre Dame Law School and taught classes in 2002 before becoming a professor in 2010.

Barrett’s selection was widely anticipated, with many media outlets touting her as the leading candidate for the nomination. She has already faced concerted media scrutiny and criticism for her Catholic faith.

During her 2017 nomination hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) questioned her on her personal faith and values, saying that “when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”

Barrett and her husband have seven children, including two adopted from Haiti. In a 2019 interview at a Notre Dame alumni event in Washington, DC, Barrett said that raising children is “where you have your greatest impact on the world” and that she could imagine no greater thing. In anticipation of her nomination, in recent days media criticism has also turned to the size of the judge’s family

During Barrett’s confirmation hearings, questions were also raised about Barrett’s association with the lay organization People of Praise.

People of Praise has been referred to in the media as a “cult,” and criticized for a practice, which has since been changed, that called leaders “heads” and “handmaidens”–both of which are references to Biblical passages.

People of Praise was founded in 1971 as part of a “great emergence of lay ministries and lay movements in the Catholic Church,” following Vatican Council II, Bishop Peter Smith, a member of the organization, told CNA.

The group began with 29 members who formed a “covenant”- an agreement, not an oath, to follow common principles, to give five percent of annual income to the group, and to meet regularly for spiritual, social, and service projects.


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8 Comments

  1. One of the many benefits of this nomination is this – The MSM will no longer have any hiding place to conceal their bias. She’s a Catholic and she’s against abortion, and even worse/better – she’s a member of a lay ministry, and the word ‘cult’ is being used frequently – this is just the beginning.

    I have yet to hear the reactions of Biden and Pelosi, who both claim to be catholic, but I have to go to 10:30 Mass so I’ll have to wait.

  2. I couldn’t help but notice on the replays, that S.Feinstein was talking to her like a little girl, ‘like, do you know your dogma is wrong?’ almost like she felt sorry for J. Barrett. Unlike Harris with J. Cavanaugh, she was nice about it, but seemed incredulous that someone could think that way and believe in something other than the secular world’s ‘modern thinking.’

    She will likely go along with challenging the free-for-all abortion world, especially in the realm of using abortion as a birth control method for unwanted inconveniences. Federal money will not be used for first degree murder!

    The Affordable Care act will be overturned, as is should be, while keeping coverage protections in place for pre existing conditions. It pretended to be a cure-all for the healthcare industry and as predicted by the insurance industry, it wasn’t. Care is already being rationed in the fact that a lot of people can’t find a doctor to take their social plan. Many plans do not have ‘essential coverages,’ because the deductibles and copays are so high basic hcare needs are bypassed by families. It’s not uncommon to find your primary care facility doesn’t have up to date records for your care.

    • I look forward to and anticipate and HOPE FOR a bit of one on one between the nominee and any and ALL of the pinheads currently on the dems committee.

      After watching their disgraceful performance with Judge Kavanaugh Mrs. Barrett will know exactly what to expect.

      BTW – for some unknown reason the word ‘pinhead’ has fallen out of fashion, and I for one believe that the time to bring it back is at hand.

    • Not confident and think it is unlikely she will be approved, unless God somehow gets involved. Just look her opposition. The hyper pro abortion Dem. party that is supported by the like wise pro abortion, anti Catholic main stream media. The Republican party senators are not noted for their backbone. Hope I am wrong, but that is why I say she needs our prayers, thereby hoping God hears our petition.

      • We have the votes in the Senate; even Mitt Romney has committed – he said “I recognize that we may have a court which has more of a conservative bent than it’s had over the last few decades,” he said. “But my liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court. And that’s not written in the stars.”

        Rush Limbaugh suggested we forget the hearings and just go right to the vote.

        The Dems can do exactly nothing to stop this from happening. Prayers are being answered. If they win majority they can try and ‘pack the court’ with liberal justices, but that is risky and they also cannot stop this before the Nov 10th? Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare.

        Saturday afternoon was a good thing!

    • And, what a contrast, pre-election, to “Catholic” Joe Biden. The world will be watching these two, simultaneously, and maybe eyes will be opened.

      Where I come from, someone who claimed to be Catholic but then acted like it didn’t count in public, was called two-faced.

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