President Donald Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett to be the new Supreme Court justice, according to multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process.In conversations with some senior Republican allies on the Hill, the White House is indicating that Barrett is the intended nominee, multiple sources said.
All sources cautioned that until it is announced by the President, there is always the possibility that Trump makes a last-minute change but the expectation is Barrett is the choice. He is scheduled to make the announcement on Saturday afternoon.Barrett has been the leading choice throughout the week, since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.
She is the only potential nominee known to have met with the President in person, according to two of the sources. One source said Trump was familiar with Barrett already and he met with her since she was a top contender the last time there was a Supreme Court vacancy, when the President chose Justice Brett Kavanaugh instead.Barrett was seen at her South Bend, Indiana, home on Friday.
It was not clear if Barrett had been told she is the choice. Often that is done as late as possible to maintain secrecy around the announcement.”The machinery is in motion,” one of the sources said. In previous nomination announcements, the White House had multiple rollouts planned in case the President made a last-minute decision to switch to another candidate. But one source said it would be surprising if there were a change since allies are already being told.
Of course this reality TV show could have a last-second unexpected twist, but she was always the chalk pick, and I doubt Trump feels like he’s in a position to do something unorthodox. On the other hand he’s completely nuts, so who knows?