President Nominates Judge Amy Coney-Barrett to Supreme Court

President Donald Trump on Saturday officially nominated Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, setting up a contentious battle in the Senate.

Barrett has described herself as an “originalist,” meaning she interprets the Constitution based on what she believes was the original intent of its authors, a legal approach used by conservative members of the court.

In accepting the nomination, Barrett summed up her judicial philosophy: “Judges are not policymakers and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”

President Trump called Barrett’s record “beyond reproach” and said it should be a “straightforward and prompt confirmation,” though the process is likely to be anything but in the face of stiff opposition from Democrats and skepticism from a few Republicans.

If confirmed, Barrett would be Trump’s third Supreme Court pick.

Republicans are aiming to start confirmation hearings on October 12, according to multiple media reports.