Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative stalwart, is rumored to be President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat become available, according to an Axios report that cited close confidants of the president
Barrett, 46, was considered to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy last year, but the president said he was "saving her for Ginsburg," the report said.
Trump reportedly told people "I'm saving her for Ginsburg" two days before he nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, according to Axios. The Trump advisers were concerned that Barrett, who staunchly opposes abortion, would alienate GOP moderates like Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the report said. They were also confident that Republicans would maintain their control of the Senate and nominate another conservative judge to the Supreme Court would not be necessary at the time, the report said.
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Trump appointed Barrett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017. Barrett, who is open about her Catholicism, was grilled by Democrats during her Senate confirmation. Should Barrett be nominated to the Supreme Court, a contentious confirmation process would undoubtedly play out.