Federal Spotlight: Trump to Announce SCOTUS Nominee on Saturday

September 24, 2020

Following the recent passing of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump has said he will name a person to replace her on the High Court this Saturday. Ginsburg, who was nominated by President Clinton in 1993 and confirmed to serve on the court by a vote of 96-3, had been suffering from several health ailments over the last few years.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said there will be a floor vote on the president’s nominee this year. Reports are that the nominee could receive a vote near the end of October, right before the election on Nov. 3. The president is expected to nominate a woman, and leading contenders right now are Amy Coney Barrett who serves on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Barbara Lagoa who serves on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

You can expect a very bitter fight between the GOP and Democrats over this issue as one more conservative appointment could tip the ideological balance of the court for decades to come.  Read more from CNBC