According to Axios, President Trump has reportedly said he is “saving” Judge Amy Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court
Judge Amy Barrett was a popular choice as a candidate to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy before President Trump eventually nominated Justice Kavanaugh.
Axios report that President Trump is keen to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Amy Barrett since Kennedy’s decision to retire, telling people on separate occasions, “I’m saving her for Ginsburg.”
Trump decided not to nominate Barrett due to concerns over her opposition to abortion rights which would ultimately lead to Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to vote against her, according to the news Axios.
Aides were reportedly confident enough Republicans would gain Senate seats in the 2018 midterms that they decided a more conservative nominee would stand a better chance of confirmation after the elections.
Ginsburg recently returned to the bench after the 86-year-old missed a series of cases in January because of cancer surgery last December.
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