US President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and she pledged to become a justice.
Trump made announcement White House Rose Garden ceremony – with Amy Coney Barrett by Senate Republicans to confirm her as the president has requested before Election Day in 5-1/2 weeks as he seeks a second term in office.
“Today it is my honour to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution, Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” Trump announced in the Rose Garden of the White House.
If was confirmed by the Senate that Amy Coney Barrett replacing liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18, Amy Coney Barrett will be the fifth woman who became US Supreme Court Judge.
Barrett is the youngest Supreme Court nominee since conservative Clarence Thomas in 1991.
“I fully understand that this is a momentous decision for a president. And if the Senate does the honour of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability. I love the United States, and I love the United States Constitution,” Amy Coney Barrett said.
Amy Coney Barrett in the ceremony said.”His judicial philosophy is mine too: a judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers,”
“Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me. The flag of the United States is still flying at half-staff in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to mark the end of a great American life. Justice Ginsburg began her career at a time when women were not welcome in the legal profession. But she not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them. For that, she has won the admiration of women across the country and, indeed, all over the world,” Berrett said.
Supreme Court conservative majority could shift the United States to the right on hot-button issues by, among other things, curbing abortion rights, expanding religious rights, striking down gun control laws, halting the expansion of LGBT rights, and endorsing new restrictions on voting rights.
Barrett, a devout Roman Catholic who earned her law degree and taught at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, was appointed by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017 and is a favorite of religious conservatives, a key Trump voter bloc.