Reports: President Trump to pick Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court nominee

Reports: President Trump to pick Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court nominee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - NBC News reports President Trump is expected to announce Rhodes College graduate Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for Supreme Court Justice.

Whoever he puts forward, the president’s pick will make history.

There’s never been a justice nominated or confirmed to the Supreme Court this close to a general election.

And Sen. Majority leader Mitch McConnell says the GOP majority have the votes to confirm a new justice – whoever it may be.

Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the seventh circuit court of appeals and graduate of Rhodes College, is being strongly considered for the job.

“She’s a very strong candidate based on her academic credentials, her professional credentials… but look, there’s a list of judges that are highly qualified,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern.

White House spokespeople say the president remains committed to picking a woman.

His public list of candidates earlier includes a dozen female judges and lawyers.

Along with Barrett, 11th Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa is generating a lot of buzz in the capitol.

Democrats argue picking Ginsburg’s successor should wait until next January to coincide with a new Congress and presidential term – but they do not have the political power to block the president’s choice.

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