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Trump says Supreme Court pick will be a woman to be named next week; Amy Coney Barrett is favored

Amy Coney-Barrett
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Amy Coney-Barrett.

WASHINGTON, DC -- A conservative female federal judge appears to be the lead contender on President Donald Trump's list of potential nominees to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, multiple sources familiar with the thinking of the president and his advisers told ABC News.

Trump on Saturday promised to put forth a woman nominee next week to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by Ginsburg's death and pushed the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to consider his pick without delay.

With Trump expected to put forth a nominee in the coming days, U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett is seen as the leading contender, several sources told ABC News. Barrett was one of four finalists in Trump's search for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's replacement in 2018.

Taking the stage at a North Carolina campaign rally Saturday evening to chants of “Fill that seat,” the president declared the choice would be “a very talented, very brave woman.”

When asked specifically about Barrett, Trump told reporters she is "very respected."

Barrett joins three other federal judges on the shortlist of potential picks, according to ABC News' sources. Here's a quick look at the four potential nominees:

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Barrett, 48, was confirmed in October 2017 to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. She is a former Notre Dame law professor who had clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge Barbara Lagoa

Lagoa, 52, was appointed to the 11th Circuit in Atlanta last year and previously served on the Florida Supreme Court. She has also served as district judge on the Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Judge Allison Jones Rushing

Rushing, 38, was appointed to the 4th Circuit in Virginia last year and was previously a partner at Williams & Connolly. She has clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.

Judge Amul Thapar

Thapar, 51, was a federal judge in Kentucky before Trump nominated him to the 6th Circuit in May 2017. He would be the first Asian American Justice if appointed.

Other potential nominees, based on ABC News reporting, include Judge Joan Larsen, 51, who was confirmed to the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati in October 2017 and previously served on the Michigan Supreme Court, and Judge Thomas Hardiman, 55, of the 3rd Circuit at Philadelphia, who was a top contender for the first two vacancies under President Trump.

Judges Raymond Kethledge, Britt Grant and Neomi Rao are other names in consideration, ABC News has learned.

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      1. Never said that, you snowflake. You get offended easier than a liberal at a gun store. Grow up, nitwit. You don’t like my posts? Fine. Ignore them. It was a casual joke. If you didn’t like a joke about that RINO in the White House, that’s not my problem. Now kindly go away, turdball.

      1. There’s multiple pics of Trump with Epstein. Lots of video and audio of Trump talking about his “great friend” (his words) as well. Get bent, you dumbass. Cripes, you are sooooo fucking stupid. You believe a politician.

        1. TDS much moron? There are multiple pics and video of wild Bill Clinton with Epstein and the so called Madam. Also, Bill traveled to Epstein’s Lolita Island. President Trump did not. So what of it? You’re the dumbass.

  1. Hold my words against me, said Graham when he promised back in 2016 there wouldn’t be a SCOTUS nominee until the next president was elected. Ok, Mr Graham. Your word is Shit. Another Trump Toadie, Graham, is giving in to Trumpism which dictates that whatever Trump wants, Trump gets. McConnell. Graham, Cruz, and others are emasculated Trump bitches who have been castrated by Trump and added to his Harem of Eunuchs.

      1. A man’s Word is worth more than a promise, you crackhead. You wouldn’t know anything about honor that’s why you back these pieces of shit who care about nothing but themselves and the hell with the American people.

          1. Thanks for admitting you are a meth head. Nitwit! BTW – You don’t even know what the word honor means so just STFU.

  2. Whoever the nominee is, I just hope that person will stand for individual rights as did RBG. Sadly, the orange buffoon short list is made up of judges whose past writings demonstrate that they have little regard for those rights. People change a lot when they get elevated to the Supreme Court. Even “I like beer” demonstrated that recently much to the orange buffoon’s chagrin.

      1. No shit, Granma. She was a liberal who stood as a guardian for civil liberties and women’s Rights. The other Dumbasses are there just to rubber stamp their Republican presidents whims and wishes no matter what the American people want. Only one with balls to stand up to the Pussygrabber is Roberts.

        1. She was a liberal devout supporter of abortion and responsible for killing 50,000 babies a year nitwit. It will good to see Roe v. Wade overturned when there are 6 conservative justices on the court. That will happen sooner rather than later. Now put on your pink pussy hat and cry at the sky.

          1. The pink pussy is the one who should have flushed you down the toilet before you were born. For your information Women are not Slaves who should be forced to do something some politician wants them to do. Slavery as commerce of women who are forced to give birth no matter the circumstances was outlawed by President Lincoln when he freed the slaves. Women have rights and a choice to do with their bodies what they wish.

          1. What amendment in the constitution states that Women must give birth once they are pregnant? Trump and his toadies seem to think womens rights were eliminated by something written into the Constitution. Newsflash your crooked president gives a shit about a Constitution, he even wants to change it to be president for life.

          2. I’m not referring to just her desire to allow for the murdering of babies because being a slut and/or being too lazy to make sure a condom is used is now a “reproductive right”. I’m referring to ALL her other rulings.

  3. Hope Pelosi impeaches the sorry son of a bitch pussygrabber, again. Even if his boyfriend McConnell aquits him, by the time the trial is over Biden will be president and he’ll nominate his own judge.

    1. The new democrat motto. “We can’t win honestly so impeach, cheat, loot, riot, fear monger, hoax after hoax after hoax. Whatever it takes to win EXCEPT producing a decent candidate or a clear platform.

  4. Granny maga you are the epitome of ignorance. Your lack of empathy towards the women who believe in freedom of choice is embarrassing. Typical Republican response to a complicated question. Keep your response to the simplest and most convenient answer to your narrow views, why don’t you. Condoms and laziness, really?? You are beyond stupid, but hey, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

    1. What other reason is there? Rape? Less than 1 percents of abortions are due to rape. Incest? Less than percent. Birth defects? Another small percentage. Risk to mother? Small percentage. If the reason is you didn’t want to get pregnant or you can’t afford it or youre just a slut like Alisa Milano then you are a murderer.

      1. Granma maga you have entirely too much free time on your hands. Looking at all the web sites and research that back up your ignorant opinions is pitiful. Anyway it is none of your goddam business if a woman wants to make a choice to have a family or not. All you can do is vote for Idiots who think like you. You have no say in other people’s business so stop acting like you do.

        1. Try answering the question. What reason? That’s all you ever do is deflect but you NEVER provide any coherent response. You only spew what you’re told to spew from you leftist handlers but you have no idea what you are actually saying.

  5. What are you going to do if your next door neighbor has an abortion? Call Trump? Go over her house and hold signs that accuse her of murder? Go ahead, see if they don’t throw a bucket of water on you Hypocrite Holy roller ass.

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