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

Highlights

Barrett has described herself as an “originalist”, that is, she interprets the Constitution according to what she believes to be the original intention of its authors, a legal approach used by conservative members of the court.

In accepting the nomination, Barrett summed up his judicial philosophy: “Judges are not decision-makers and they must be determined to set aside any political opinions they might have.

Barrett said Ruth Bader Ginsberg “smashed” the glass ceilings and praised Ginsburg’s friendship with the late Judge Antonin Scalia, even though they fiercely disagreed, saying she strove to “satisfy this standard “in his personal and professional relationships.

Trump called Barrett’s record “beyond reproach” and said it should be a “quick and easy confirmation”, although the process is likely to be anything but in the face of a strong opposition from Democrats and skepticism from some Republicans.

If confirmed, Barrett would be Trump’s third choice on the Supreme Court.

Republicans aim to begin confirmation hearings on Oct. 12, several say media reports.

Crucial quote

“I was a clerk for Judge Scalia over 20 years ago, but the lessons I learned still resonate. His forensic philosophy is also mine, ”Barrett said. “A judge must apply the law as it is written.

Key context

Barrett interviewed Roe v. Wade, and previously stated that life begins with conception. But she also noted in 2018, it is “highly unlikely” that the court will ever overturn the decision, adding that “the controversy right now is about funding. It is whether abortions will be funded by public or private funds. Barrett is a member of the Catholic group People of Praise, which requires members to swear “lifetime promisesTo each other and to use the personal advisers assigned to them, which leads some to wonder if this would have an impact on its case law. She said during her hearing before the appeals judge in 2017 that her religious beliefs would not affect her decisions.

And after

While Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have signaled that they will not vote on a candidate until the November election, two other Republicans are expected to defect to block Barrett’s nomination. GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitchell McConnell pledged to vote on Trump’s choice ahead of the election, even though he declined to consider Barack Obama’s candidate in 2016 because it was an election year .