“It will be a woman, a very talented and very bright woman”Donald Trump said about the person who will nominate the Supreme Court this week. This Monday, she gave some more clues about who could be her chosen to complete the highest court, replacing the recently deceased Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The president, who will announce his decision on Friday or Saturday, when the funeral services of the renowned judge end, indicated that he has five people on his list, in which the media indicates two lawyers as the main candidates.
Is about Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lago, which were praised Monday by Trump in an interview on Fox News.
“She is excellent, she is Latina, a magnificent woman,” Trump said of Lagoa, a 52-year-old lawyer, daughter of Cuban exiles of Miami. “We love Florida,” added the president, with his sights set on a key state for the November election.
Lagoa was nominated in January 2019 to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Ron DeSantis and a few months later by Trump for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in Atlanta, a position he occupies after a bipartisan vote in the Senate.
To reach the Supreme Court of Justice, I would be the second Hispanic person to hold this position for life, after Sonia Sotomayor, of Puerto Rican origin, proposed in 2009 by then-President Barack Obama.
Amy Coney Barrett
Barrett is a judge of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from Rhodes College and Notre Dame Law School and was secretary to former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Of the twenty names on a tentative list released weeks ago by Trump, Barrett, one fervently anti-life catholic, is considered among the most conservative.
Larsen is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and Northwestern University School of Law and was also a paralegal to the late Scalia.
In the interview, Trump said he was considering “a great one from Michigan”, Probably referring to Larsen.
Allison Jones Rushing
Rushing, from solo 38 years, is a judge of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. She was clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and later Neil Gorsuch on the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. She graduated from Wake Forest University and Duke University School of Law.
Trump commented that one of the candidates he is studying “could be in court for 50 years”, and pitted him against his rivals: “The heads of the Democrats would explode” with that possibility, he said.
Other lawyers who have been circulating as possible candidates, albeit with less force, are Allison Eid, Britt Grant, Martha Pacold, Sarah Pitlyk, Margaret Ryan, Diane Sykes and Kate Todd.
To endorse a new member of the Court, the Senate needs a simple majority, something it could achieve if all 53 Republicans stay loyal to Trump. Thus, he can afford to lose three official votes, since in the event of a tie, defines the vice president, Mike Pence. However, there have already been two moderate Republican senators who announced that they do not support a vote before the elections.
Trump also dismissed the wish expressed by Ginsburg on his deathbed, where, according to his family, he said he fervently intended to have his replacement nominated by the candidate who wins the November election. The president said that message was probably written by Democratic leaders, even though it was announced by a granddaughter of the judge.