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As Signs Grow Trump Will Name Amy Barrett, So Do Odds on a 'Court War'

As Signs Grow Trump Will Name Amy Barrett, So Do Odds on a 'Court War'

By Sunday, 20 September 2020 01:15 PM Current | Bio | Archive

By late Saturday night, the odds were better-than-even that President Trump would soon name to the Supreme Court the candidate conservatives most want and liberals most loath: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

If this is so, official Washington is anticipating the hardest-fought, ideologically based Supreme Court confirmation battle since the unsuccessful effort to confirm Robert Bork in 1987.

“I suspect they will react quickly next week with a nomination of either Ms Barrett or [U.S. Circuit Court Judge] Barbara Lagoa [formerly the first Cuban-American woman on the Florida Supreme Court],” former House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston, R.-La, now a top lobbyist in Washington DC, told Newsmax, “ But I don’t see how the Senate can confirm until after the election. At that point, the president should have the votes he needs, even if some Republicans have lost. But it will be a pitched battle of epic proportions.”

Trump told a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina Saturday that he would announce a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg “next week” and “[i]t will be a woman.”

Asked specifically about Notre Dame Law School graduate and mother of seven Barrett, Trump told reporters at the White House earlier that day that the onetime law professor he named to the Court of Appeals in 2017 was “very respected.”

These are all signs, Trump-watchers insist, that the president — who reportedly wanted to name Barrett to the high court vacancy in 2019 that went to Brent Kavanaugh — will now get his chance to do so.

A onetime law professor at her alma mater and law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett, 48, is a devout Roman Catholic whose faith came under fire during her confirmation hearings to be a federal judge.

In addition, Barrett has stated she does not consider precedent sacrosanct, a sign critics fear she would overturn the pro-abortion Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973 if confirmed to the high court.

A Barrett nomination battle, many Republicans agree, would energize the party’s base weeks before the election.

“We are not running solely on the COVID response and the economy anymore,” said Dan Eberhart, a longtime GOP contributor and fund-raiser, “This resets the race.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
 

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