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Amy Coney Barrett nominated by Donald Trump for US Supreme Court

Telegraph, 27 Sep 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The pick has given a commanding 6-3 conservative majority on the nine-member court at a time of intense political divisions in the United States.

Ms Barrett 48, was nominated by Mr Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, and is known for her conservative views on issues including abortion.

Mr Trump's nominee has what appears to be a clear path to Senate confirmation, with Republicans holding a 53-47 majority. He is determined to get the nomination confirmed quickly before the election on Nov 3.

Only two Republican senators - Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - have indicated opposition to moving forward with the process before the election.

Ms Barrett previously met with Mr Trump when he was selecting his nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy in 2018.

At the time Mr Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh but reportedly said he was "saving" Ms Barrett for the next vacancy.

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