Judge Amy Coney Barrett left her home in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday (September 26) amid expectations that President Donald Trump plans to announce her as his Supreme Court nominee.
Barrett did not answer reporters’ questions as she departed.
If confirmed by the Senate, which is controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, Barrett would replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon who died at age 87 on Sept. 18. Barrett is a favorite of religious conservatives, a key Trump constituency, and he has asked the Senate to confirm her before the Nov. 3 election in which he is seeking a second term and Democrats are aiming to seize control of the chamber.
Barrett, 48, was appointed by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. If confirmed to the lifetime post, she would become the fifth woman ever to serve on the high court while expanding its conservative majority to a rock-solid 6-3.
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