The President of the United States, Donald Trump, confirmed as his candidate for the Supreme Court of the United States Amy Coney Barrett during a ceremony at the White House (REUTERS)
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, nominated Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday to become the next judge of the Supreme Court of the country.
“Today it is my honor to nominate to the Supreme Court one of the brightest legal minds in our country,” said the president in a statement to the press from the Rose Garden of the White House.RELATED
The candidate must now be approved by the Senate to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last Friday at the age of 87. The Republican Party has already announced that it has the 51 votes necessary to do so.
Faced with this situation, the Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, called on the Senate not to rule on Barrett’s appointment before the presidential elections on November 3.
“The Senate should not rule on this vacancy until the Americans have elected their next president and their next Congress,” he said in a statement, a few minutes after Trump’s announcement.
Trump observes Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit speaking at the White House this Saturday in a ceremony to announce her as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court position that was vacated by the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg (REUTERS / Carlos Barria)
This is Trump’s third appointment during his presidency – after Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – and it would succeed in consolidating a 6-3 conservative majority in the highest court. The trend could continue for a generation, considering that the Supreme Court seats are for life and the three justices appointed by Trump are 55 or younger.
Barrett, 48, was one of the two favorites to hold the position alongside Cuban-American Barbara Lagoa, an appeals judge for the state of Florida. Barrett was appointed by Trump to the Chicago Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017 and is known for her conservative views on religious matters.
The magistrate presents herself as a “different kind of lawyer”, and considers that a “legal career is nothing more than a means to an end … and that end is the construction of the kingdom of God.” She is a fervent opponent of abortion and has spoken out against a central aspect of the country’s public health law introduced during the Obama presidency (known as the Affordable Care Act).
This last aspect could have a significant impact on the country during the Covid-19 pandemic, considering that the highest court will hold hearings on a related case in November, shortly after the presidential elections.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett (REUTERS / Carlos Barria)
The appointment takes place in the context of a dispute between both parties about the ethics of the decision. The Democratic Party spoke out emphatically against it, recalling that in 2016 its counterparts – led by the chairman of the caucus Mitch McConnell – prevented then-President Barack Obama from appointing Merrick Garland to occupy the seat left by Antonin Scalia after his death.
At that time the Republicans argued that, considering it was an election year, the American people should decide who the president was to nominate the next judge of the court. However, they assured that this year the situation is different, something that angered the Democratic party. Different polls showed that a majority of voters are in favor of the next president making the nomination.
Trump has told his allies that he believes Barrett, 48, is a smart, tough and conservative jurist who would also look good during televised confirmation hearings, according to one of the people. Officials also take it as encouraging that Barrett survived a tough confirmation fight in 2017. Then the Senate confirmed it with a 55-43 vote, where the pronouncements for and against were largely partisan.
The decision led analysts to not rule out the possibility that Biden, if he won the election, increases the number of court judges to impose a progressive majority. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told his colleagues that “nothing is off the table” if Republicans replace Ginsburg and Democrats take over the White House and Senate in November.
With information from AFP
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