WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, CBS News is reporting, citing multiple sources.
Trump has said he will announce his pick at 5 p.m. Saturday, just days before the first presidential election debate. CBS News notes that the president could change his mind before the announcement is made.
The 48-year-old Barrett has emerged as a front runner to replace Ginsburg, who died last Friday at age 87.
Trump met with Barrett on Monday.
The appellate court judge was previously in the running for the Supreme Court seat that went to Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. The Associated Press reports that at the time, Trump told confidants he was “saving” Barrett for Ginsburg’s seat.
She would be the president's third Supreme Court appointee, after Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, if she were to be confirmed, and the fifth woman to serve on the court.
Democrats are calling on Senate Republicans to delay the vote until after the election, just as Republicans had done four years ago following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. They say the voters should be allowed to speak first on Election Day and that the winner of the White House should fill the vacancy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed Trump's pick will receive a vote on the Senate floor. Confirmation hearings could be held in two weeks.