President Trump met Monday with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, one of the people on his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, Fox News reports.
Following the Friday death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump said over the weekend that he would nominate another woman to fill the role. Speculation points to Barrett and Judge Barbara Lagoa, a Cuban-American who serves on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as the frontrunners.
Barrett, 48, serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago. Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She is a Roman Catholic and a conservative and is known to be pro-life. Trump also met with her after former Justice Anthony Kennedy retired in 2018. At the time, he ultimately nominated Brett Kavanaugh, whom the Senate confirmed after a contentious confirmation process.
In 2017, when the Senate interviewed Barrett for her current role, her faith became a topic of discussion. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told Barrett that "the dogma [of your faith] lives loudly within you, and that's of concern."
"It's never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge's personal convictions, whether they arise from faith or anywhere else, on the law," Barrett told Feinstein.