Trump to appoint Amy Barrett as his candidate for Supreme Court


Donald Trump plans to appoint Federal Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his candidate for the Supreme Court.

If approved by the Senate, Barrett will replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18. Barrett is a favorite of religious conservatives, as well as a key supporter of Trump. Trump himself even asked the Senate to approve her before the November 3 elections, in which he is running for a second term.

Amy Barrett, 48, was appointed by Trump to the 7th US District Court of Appeals in Chicago in 2017. If approved by the Senate, she will become the fifth woman to serve in the high court.

As an appellate judge in her three years in office, Barrett has expressed conservative legal positions on key issues: voting for one of Trump's tough immigration policies and showing support for the right to arms law. She is also the author of the regulation that makes it easier for college students accused of on-campus sexual harassment to sue their institutions.

In June 2019, Barrett expressed disagreement with the 7th Circuit Commission, which upheld a US District Court decision temporarily blocking Trump's policies that disadvantage green card applicants seeking any government aid. Federal immigration rules were discussed as to when an applicant would be considered a "government taxpayer" and not be eligible for permanent status in the United States.

Barrett seems to have an obvious path to Senate approval. Majority of the Republicans expressed their assent, and only two senators in Trump's party object to her nomination.

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