(PoliticalLookout.com)- President Donald Trump reportedly met with 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday at the White House. The president is understood to be considering nominating Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.
Justice Ginsburg lost her years-long battle with cancer and died at the age of 87.
Bloomberg reported that President Trump told colleagues that 48-year-old judge Coney Barrett is a “smart, hard-nosed, conservative jurist who would also come across well during televised confirmation hearings.” The outlet also said that the president believes Coney Barrett “won’t be wobbly on major issues for conservatives” including controversial issues like abortion, health care, and gun rights.
Journalists from Reuters, The Washington Post, Fox News, and ABC News all confirmed the report that Coney Barrett met with the president.
Supreme Court contender Amy Coney Barrett was at the White House today — Reuters
— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) September 21, 2020
From colleague John Roberts. Trump met today with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, potential nominee to succeed Ginsburg
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 21, 2020
The Associated Press reported that President Trump informed the press he was considering meeting Judge Barbara Lagoa when he travels to Florida later in the week, and that he was still interviewing other candidates. Coney Barrett may well be the frontrunner at this point, but the president is reviewing his options and has confirmed he would be announcing his nominee on Saturday.
Speaking on the White House lawn to journalists on Monday, President Trump explained why it was important to go ahead with the vote before the election.
“Well, I’d much rather have a vote before the election, because there’s a lot of work to be done and I’d much rather have it,” he said. “We have plenty of time to do it. There’s really a lot of time. So, let’s say I make the announcement on Saturday. There’s a great deal of time before the election. That’ll be up to Mitch and the Senate, but I’d certainly much rather have the vote. I think it sends a good signal and it’s solidarity and lots of other things.”
The president also explained that it is his “constitutional obligation” to move forward with nominating a new Supreme Court justice. Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have both said that nothing should be taken off the table to respond to the president’s announcement.
Democratic presidential nominee even refused to answer the question of whether he would pack the court should he become president.
Biden to @WBAY declines to answer q on adding seats to SCOTUS if GOP replaces RBG
“It’s a legitimate question, but let me tell you why I’m not going answer…it will shift the focus.”
“Let’s say I answer…then the whole debate’s gonna be about what Biden said or didn’t say.” pic.twitter.com/gvP6TCDPS8
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) September 22, 2020
So, that probably means Joe Biden wants to pack the court.